One of the Chapter priorities that the Sisters of St. Francis are focusing on during the next five years is Poverty: Women and Children. Because of this we joined in a Catholic Day of Action for Immigrant Children on July 18 and on July 24 this photo was taken. This banner “Immigrants and Refugees Welcome” includes a graphic of the Holy Family fleeing from Pilate to Egypt as refugees. It is now standing on our front lawn near our chapel. Why is it there? Why do we stand behind it? Why do we see the migrants at our southern border as sister and brother who deserve to be treated with the utmost dignity? Why do we work for comprehensive immigration reform?
In Hebrews 13:1 our God commands us, “Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.” In Matthew 25:35: we hear, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me.” Some of us have been to the border recently; we’ve seen the faces of mothers, dads and children; we’ve heard their stories – stories of fear for their children’s lives and their own. Our hearts have been broken by these and the continuing stories of inhumane treatment by our government in ICE detention centers. As people who deeply love our country and the values/ideals our armed forces have shed blood for – and as people trying every day to be faithful to the gospel, we have chosen to publicly profess our commitment by displaying this banner. The following file is the article which appeared in the New York Times on August 1, 2019, concerning our commitment to immigrants and the village of Oldenburg’s thoughts on it. New York Times Article