Bringing about a more humane and just immigration system in the United States.
Sylvania Franciscans work for Migrants and Immigration Reform by:
- Writing to Congress
- Supporting local boycotts
- Standing up for the migrants in our area
- Praying for our government leaders that they make wise decisions regarding the immigrant population to preserve the rights of immigrant workers and to ensure family unity
Sister Joan Jurski
To be a woman of peace and seeker of justice has been part of my life as a Franciscan. It is the Gospel call that is lived through the spirit of St. Francis. This has directed my life throughout my years of ministry, especially most actively as a diocesan Director of Peace and Justice. Perhaps the most challenging times to act on these values has been in educating people to the Church’s Social Teaching regarding immigration. For many people, Catholics as well, the idea of migrants and immigration raised fears and a variety of arguments to keep them out of this country. Creating parish social ministry committees helped in the dialog and education about our basic social teaching to revere and respect all persons. It was not enough to collect clothes or food for Migrants, social action for change was needed. In collaboration with other ecumenical bodies we continued to work for immigration reform which respects the dignity of all people. And the work goes on.