July 18, 2019

Today inside the Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda, 70 Catholic leaders locked arms in an act of nonviolent civil disobedience, in an effort to put pressure on Congress and the presidential administration to end the immoral and inhumane practice of detaining immigrant children.

The Catholic Day of Action for Immigrant Children brought together more than 200 Catholic sisters, priests, brothers and lay Catholic advocates representing nearly 20 national organizations who sang, prayed, and chanted as they demanded an end to the immoral and inhumane practice of detaining immigrant children. This action is the beginning of a campaign in which Catholic leaders are increasing their willingness to take significant risks as an act of faithful resistance. Photos here. Video of civil disobedience here.

We want to thank all of our members and friends who reached out to us last week about our day of action. Your prayers of support were felt among the 70 arrested and the hundreds gathered to rally at the Capitol. We heard from Franciscans all over the country who are turning their faith into action:

  • Gene Roman in the Bronx sent a letter to his elected officials and the White House asking that the administration stop detaining immigrant children.
  • FAN Institutional Members, the Holy Cross Sisters in Wisconsin are taking out a billboard in their town depicting a family behind a fence with the words, “With liberty and justice for all” printed. It’s slated to post in August.
  • Franciscan friars and friends joined Lights for Liberty vigils all over the country on July 12th to say “Enough!” to the inhumane treatment of our migrant sisters and brothers in detention camps. Here are photos from Phoenix, Santa Barbara, CA and Douglas, AZ.
  • The Poor Clares and Carmelites in Italy sent an open letter to the Italian President and Prime Minister “to give voice to our brothers and sisters migrants fleeing from war, persecution and famine…” Read the letter here
  • Several U.S. Catholic bishops sent us statements of support for our day of action.
  • FAN board president, Fr. Mike Lasky was with Conventual Franciscan Friars in formation at our southern border. They spoke to some sisters and brothers through the new border fence west of El Paso.

Our hearts are full of gratitude to God and to all those who helped make the day a success. We look forward to more actions in support of our immigrant sisters and brothers.
Peace and All Good

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