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Loretto’s Latin America/Caribbean Committee Serves as Beacon of Hope, Force for Change

Posted on October 25, 2021, by Loretto Community

Group photo of 14 Border Trip participants
2014 Loretto Border Trip Participants — Kneeling, from left, are Lindsay Androelli-Comstock, Mary Jean Friel, Nico Gumbs, Sylvia Campbell and Wendee Fraunfelder. Standing, from left, are Sally Dunne, Nena, Kelley Kolberg, Sandra Hareld, Rosie, Maribel, Carolyn Jaramillo, Teresa Blemenstein and Sister Alicia Guevara.

Loretto has heard the words of Pope Francis as he has worked for years to protect the rights of the immigrant. In his “Message for 2019 World Day of Migrants and Refugees,” the pope stated, “We ourselves need to see, and then to enable others to see, that migrants and refugees do not only represent a problem to be solved, but are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected and loved. They are an occasion that Providence gives us to help build a more just society, a more perfect democracy, a more united country, a more fraternal world and a more open and evangelical Christian community.” 

”We work for justice and act for peace because the Gospel urges us.”

“I Am the Way,” Loretto’s Constitutions, #36

Our Latin America/Caribbean Committee (LACC) has responded to this Gospel mandate brought to the attention of all the world by Pope Francis. Among key initiatives sponsored by LACC are “Immigration Spotlight,” a bi-monthly opportunity to explore immigration issues and challenges; transformative, immersive experiences seeking peace and justice at the U.S./Mexican border through direct encounter with migrants and justice workers; providing support to asylum-seekers; offering sanctuary support through the New Sanctuary Movement, which enables congregations to publicly provide hospitality and protection to immigrant families whose legal cases clearly reveal the contradiction and moral injustice of our current immigration system; participation in protests of the School of the Americas; and actions to stand in solidarity with the farmworkers.

For more details about LACC’s work, visit our webpage.

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