February 27th Catholic Day of Action for DREAMERS

Catholics Risking Arrest in the Russell Rotunda
Catholics Risking Arrest in the Russell Rotunda

February 27th was a big day for justice as 40 Catholic leaders, mostly women religious risked arrest as they prayed the rosary in the Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda standing in solidarity with DREAMERS and their families.

Hundreds turned out as we started the day with Mass celebrated by Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv. and continued the day with a press conference and prayer as we headed to the Russell building. The Franciscan family was well represented, as there was representation of all three branches of the Franciscan family tree there and FAN’s Patrick Carolan and Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF both were arrested, processed, fined, and released.

This was a culmination of two days of action with DREAMERS and we couldn’t have done it without your help. Both faith and good works played an important part: your calls to your members of Congress and your prayers throughout these last few days, not just for those risking arrest but for DREAMERS and their families are inspirational and awe-inspiring.

It was a great show of solidarity for Franciscans across the country. Our work is not done. We will continue to stand in solidarity with DREAMERS and their families.

There were a wide range of media outlets covering the event yesterday, both religious and secular.

Here are some highlights:

EWTN News Nightly (Video)
Catholic News Service
National Catholic Reporter
Religion News Service

We will continue to lift up the voices of the Franciscan family as we speak truth to power on important issues such as immigration reform.

As always thank you for all that you do—through prayer, calls and emails to your members of Congress, and even risking arrest. We couldn’t do it without you.