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Atlanta in the Evening

Written by: Sister Marti McCarthy,SSS

June 6, 2013

Last evening, Good Shepherd Center in Atlanta gave us respite in the late afternoon and dinner before our evening friendraiser.

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La Casita, Responding to the Needs of the People of Alabama

Written by: Sister Rose Marie Tresp, RSM

June 5, 2013

Our visit to La Casita this morning was wonderful narrative of rapidly responding to the needs of the people of Alabama. One of the communities in Alabama with the greatest needs is that of the newest immigrants. This is the story of the Catholic Church in Alabama since the children of Italian immigrants were refused admittance to the public schools. The Benedictine Sisters and the Mercy Sisters responded by starting schools.

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An Important Day in Alabama

Written by: Sister Elaine Betoncourt, CSJ

June 4, 2013

What a special day we’ve spent in Birmingham and Homewood, Alabama! Arriving early we had an hour to roam the historic section. I spent my time wandering through Kelly Ingraham Park across from the 16th Street Baptist Church, where four children were killed in a bombing. Reading the accounts in the park of the horrendous actions that happened here in 1963 brought the feeling of walking on holy ground, the sacred place where on May 2, 1963, 600 children crusaders were savagely hauled off to jail for protesting segregation and standing for justice.

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Sen. Marco Rubio’s Office

Written by: Sister Eileen Reilly, SSND

June 4, 2013

This morning, in the shadow of the Florida state Capitol in Tallahassee, we gathered at a Presbyterian church to meet with a large group of immigrant reform advocates including labor leaders and the NAACP. All of us agreed that comprehensive immigration reform is a moral imperative.

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Inspiring Day in Central Florida

Written by: Sister Rose Marie Tresp, RSM

June 3, 2013

Today was a one of many contrasts. We began the day by going to meet with the staff at the office of Representative Daniel Webster in Winter Park, Florida. We were met outside the office by groups of advocates for immigration reform: People Improving Communities through Organization (PICO), and citizens supporting immigration reform. PICO leads regular prayer vigils in front of Rep. Webster’s office.

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Corpus Christi Sunday in Winter Park, Florida

Written by: Sister Mary Ellen Lacy, DC

June 3, 2013

Last night, we visited St Margaret Mary Church in Winter Park, Florida. First, we celebrated Mass with the local parish and helped them say good bye to one of their beloved priests who had been missioned to another parish. Immediately following, we participated in a thoughtful and ethnically rich program created by local Sister Ann Kendrick, SND. We were escorted in the meeting room by young flag-bearers who proudly stood for immigration reform.

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Standing with our Immigrant Brothers and Sisters in Savannah, Georgia

Written by: Sister Eileen Reilly, SSND

June 2, 2013

Bright and early Sunday morning we were welcomed to Mercy Convent, where sisters, their colleagues and immigrants were gathered to welcome Nuns on the Bus to Savannah.

Ida, a teenage immigrant young woman introduced us to her immigrant parents and her "American citizen younger brother." Although she recently was given temporary protected status and can now legally drive and work, she talked about living with the daily fear that one or both of her parents will be detained or deported.

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Charleston and the Old Slave Mart Museum

Written by: Sister Elaine Betoncourt, CSJ

June 1, 2013

This evening, as we meandered into the 3-century old Circular Congregational Church of Charleston we were rousingly greeted with the strains of “When the nuns (saints) come marching in,” revealing the energy and emotion of the 200+ assembly.

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Greenville, South Carolina Visit Reflection

Written by: Sr. Susie Dandison, RSM, and Sister Rose Marie Tresp, RSM

June 1, 2013

Sr. Rose Marie - The part that really struck me in Greenville was the raid on the chicken processing plant. 300 people, and although we weren't given many details they obviously weren't treated with respect. Why can't everyone be treated with dignity and justice no matter what they've done? Nobody deserves to be treated poorly. 

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Charlotte, North Carolina

Written by: Sister Marti McCarthy, SSS

June 1, 2013

Evening in Charlotte at St. Peter’s…We sisters shared thoughts from the days before. We were also there to support a mother and her three children who are at imminent risk of deportation. Hit from behind by a car, she had no drivers’ license to produce when approached by the police. She was taken by the police with her children left behind.

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