Praised be the Incarnate Word, Amen!
Within the framework of the congregational network group on Migrants, Immigrants, and Refugees, the eight CCVI schools in Mexico, called a contest under the inspiration of the encyclical Fratelli Tutti to invite the family of the Incarnate Word and the entire community to participate in the next webinar on February 24, with the title “A Heart Open to the Whole World”.
This window reminds us that even the Holy Family were refugees from violence.
In these challenging political times, let us remember the strength of life and community. In light of immigrants and refugees who seek to enter the United States, Incarnate Word Sisters, Staff, Associates, past and present students of UIW, people working as interns with Incarnate Word Foundation in St. Louis, and people associated with the CCVI Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Committee gather with others holding up international law, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and principals of Catholic Social Teaching on the dignity of human beings. UIW students concerned about vulnerable children who are suffering have been gathering resources to help them.
The Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, join with Catholic faith leaders throughout the country and others in expressing our extreme disappointment and disagreement with President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA has benefitted over 800,000 young people who are our neighbors, our classmates, our co-workers, our fellow parishioners, and friends. The decision to cancel this program will not only hurt and hinder the future of these young people who currently have DACA status, but also our communities, churches, states, and entire country.
On Saturday, April 8, 2017 hundreds of people gathered at the campus of St. Louis University to stand and march in solidarity with our immigrant and refugee neighbors. This Solidarity March and Mass at the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica was sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Louis and co-sponsored by a number of other religious congregations including the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Present at the march representing the Congregation was Sr. Anne Marie Burke, Sr. Pilar Neira, and Jennifer Reyes Lay.
The call of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word is to make the love of God as shown in the Incarnation a real and tangible presence in the world today. This means that we have a particular responsibility to practice the love of Jesus as shown in the Gospels, in the present and in our own reality, wherever we are.
Why should we set one day apart to make the world aware of the refugees and migrants? Is it not enough to see the newscasts every day, to listen to the radio, or to follow the social networks to know that the number of persons who, by choice or necessity, leave their place of origin is increasing? The answer is NO.