The Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa have released a public statement in response to the recent burnings of African-American churches in LA and the Highlander Center in TN. Please click here to read the statement on the Dominican Sisters Conference website.
Peace and Justice
El Paso, TX – The plight of migrants and refugees at the southern border is a topic of discussion and concern around the country. One group of people are rushing to the border to offer help and hope is religious Sisters. Sisters of all ages, from congregations across the country, are showing up at the “hot spots” of the border crisis – McAllen, El Paso, Brownsville, San Juan, San Ysidro – ready to cook meals, sort clothing, coordinate travel and do they can do to help these people in need.
Five Dominican Sisters of Peace, Imelda Schmidt and Roserita Weber from Kansas, Mary Vuong from Texas, and Barbara Kane and Doris Regan from Ohio, recently returned from El Paso, TX, where they volunteered for two weeks at the Pastoral Center at the Diocese of El Paso under the direction of Annunciation House, a faith-based non-profit whose volunteers seek to live the Good News of the Gospel.
A WEEK OF SERVICE AT AN IMMIGRANT SHELTER IN EL PASO HELPS EASE THE BURDENS OF DESPERATE FAMILIES
Springfield, Ill.—On Sunday, November 11, Springfield Dominican Sisters Anita Cleary and Marcelline Koch will travel to El Paso, Texas to volunteer at a Catholic shelter for asylum seekers called Annunciation House.
“We’re going because Annunciation House and other shelters like it in El Paso are experiencing an increase in the number of families with children who are being released to the streets by Immigration and Customs Enforcement,” said Sister Marcelline. “All of the refugees coming to Annunciation House are families and individuals that Immigration did not place in one of their detention facilities. The vast majority of refugees released are parents with one or two children.”
Members of the International Dominican Commission for Justice and Peace gathered from around the world in Rome October 11-15. The commission is tasked with helping the whole Dominican Family grow in its work for justice and peace, remembering that justice is a constitutive dimension of the Dominican vocation and the preaching of the Gospel.