November 12, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jason Miller, Campaigns Director
Washington, D.C.--Starting today, Franciscans across the country are participating in a hunger fast and prayer in support of comprehensive immigration reform. The Franciscan Action Network, a nationwide coalition of Franciscan organizations working for social justice is joining with other faith organizations, immigration groups, and labor unions in a prayer and hunger fast on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and across the country.
“As one of our core beliefs as Franciscans and as Christians is welcoming the stranger, we were proud to take part in this hunger fast,” said Patrick Carolan, executive director of the Franciscan Action Network. “In keeping with the teachings of the Gospels, and as shown in the example of the life of St Francis of Assisi, Franciscans have advocated for comprehensive immigration reform for years. Fasting and prayer to help bring about social justice has been a tradition of Franciscans since their founding in the 12th century by St Francis.” Carolan continued, "For me immigration is a personal issue. My parents came to America from Ireland in 1950. They had no money no education but a dream that their children would have a better life.”
In addition to reaching out to Franciscans across the country, FAN also sent a letter to Pope Francis asking him to join in the effort through fasting and prayer.