Public Witness. Stop Deportations!

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For Immediate Release



On Saturday, June 25 at 9:30 a.m. more than 400 Sisters of Mercy along with leadership and members of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the Eighth Day Center for Justice, and the Chicago Archdiocesan Office of Immigrant Affairs will be gathering on the grounds of Saint Xavier University in Chicago to take a stand against deportation of immigrants.The Sisters of Mercy recognize an urgent duty and challenge to stand in solidarity with immigrants seeking fullness of life.   “Our immigration system is broken,” explained Sisters of Mercy JoAnn Persch and Pat Murphy, organizers of the event.  “We see families being torn apart and it is destroying the very fabric of our nation.”

The public is invited to join the Sisters of Mercy as they sign letters to President Obama to stop deportations and stop ripping families apart.  Silhouettes of men and women facing deportation will be held by the Sisters of Mercy and placed in the ground at Saint Xavier University, as a sign of their solidarity with these those who have been deported leaving families behind.  The witness will also include prayer, song and testimonies.Saint Xavier University was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846.

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  • LorraineLorraine Latraille had been doing the works of Mercy and attending retreats at Mercy Center in Auburn for 15 years, but she felt a real calling to be an associate four years ago. She’s been in parish ministry for 30 years, most recently as chair of the Immigration Support Network from St. Paul’s Parish.