News from the Road

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Our Visit in Durham, North Carolina

Written by: Sister Judy Best, SSND

May 31, 2013

Riding into Durham, NC, I was not sure what to expect. Arriving at Church World Service- RDU sent an immediate energy through us as we Nuns on the Bus joined their staff. Mary and Kelly discussed their procedures for welcoming refugees. First, the State Department assigns refugees to Durham. Second, CWS staff or volunteers welcome them upon arrival. Third, they are invited to learn English at ESL classes, where 10 interpreters are available.

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Charlottesville (Virginia) Reflection

Written by: Sister Elaine Betoncourt, CSJ

May 31, 2013

Last evening, the Nuns on the Bus arrived at St. Paul's Memorial Church in Charlottesville for a friendraiser.  Enjoying the beautiful spring evening, we were warmly welcomed by the mayor of the city and greeted by a crowd of about 50 folks from the area. The Nuns on the Bus shared why we were on the road promoting the need for immigration reform and inviting everyone's participation in advocating with their legislators. Several persons from the assembled shared what they were already doing for immigration reform and what they intended to continue doing. In addition, Sister Simone got to share some special news of her day, her visit with President Obama in the Oval Office.

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President Obama Meets with Sister Simone Campbell

Sister Simone Campbell with President Obama

On May 30, Sister Simone Campbell discussed immigration reform and our journey with President Obama in the Oval Office. We are grateful that he and other leaders from both sides of the aisle see the urgency of reform and are working to make it happen.

A special thank you to the president for his warm words about the work we are doing and our journey for immigration justice!  

(The official White House blog post about their meeting can be found here.)

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We Arrive in Washington DC

Written by: Sister Mary Ellen Lacy, DC

May 30, 2013

Our arrival in DC was delayed by traffic and Capitol Hill security measures. We had to walk the last four blocks to our meeting place, the United Methodist Building, because we could not clear U.S. Capitol “Border Patrol” in time for our program's start time. 

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Visits in Camden, New Jersey

Written by: Sister Marti McCarthy, SSS

May 30, 2013

A dozen yellow-tee-shirted St. Anthony seventh graders waved us off the bus as we entered von Nieto Park in Camden, New Jersey. These young activists had taken charge of their local park, which had been dirty and unsafe. The park we toured, led with pride by various members of the young group, was clean and beautiful with many improvements.

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Bishop O'Connell Welcomes NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus

Bishop O'Connell Welcomes Nuns on the Bus Gathering
Bishop O'Connell with NETWORK Nuns on the Bus
Bishop O'Connell and others bless NETWORK Nuns on the Bus
NETWORK's Sister Mary Ellen Lacey with Bishop O'Connell

Written by: Sister Judy Best, SSND

May 29, 2013

What touched me about our visit to St. Ann’s Parish and the Center for FaithJustice in Lawrenceville, NJ?

The vibrancy of the crowd who clapped as we got off the bus seemed a theme for our gathering. There was an electric energy as Mary Vanderhhoof from the Center for FaithJustice focused attention on the importance of educating youth and adults in Catholic social justice.

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Gathering at St. John Neumann in Scranton, PA

Written by: Sister Mary Reilly, RSM

May 29, 2013 

Today, NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus pulled up to a church called St. John Neumann Parish in Scranton. People were lined up to welcome us; it was so heartwarming! Once inside and looking out from the stage, it was great to see the different cultures in the gathering.  Mayor Dohery told the group that over 30 languages were spoken in Scranton High School alone.  Afterwards, I spoke with one of the presenters, a young man from Honduras, who sought political asylum here, which was granted. We shared stories of the terrible situation in Honduras. I told him of my involvement because of our Mercy mission there. He is going to contact the staff persons in the office of Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), with whom we (the Sisters of Mercy ) have been working. He is going to contact both offices, for I’m sure hearing from a Honduran here on political asylum should give weight to the situation. I gave him my name and said “mention my name!” Part of the joy of the journey of NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus is making such connections. 

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Our First Stop - Liberty State Park, NJ

Written by: Sister Elaine Betoncourt, CSJ

May 29, 2013

In sight of the beautiful backdrop of Ellis Island, Nuns on the Bus officially launched our 6500-mile tour for Immigration Reform. A crowd on enthusiastic supporters greeted us and cheered us on. During the kick-off a few sisters traveling on the bus shared what inspired them to come on board. Rabbi Rick Jacobs from the Union of Reform Judaism spoke passionately about the need for Immigration Reform and lauded the work of Nuns on the Bus. Monsignor Kevin Sullivan from Catholic Charities of New York highlighted respect for the dignity of each person, the right to meaningful work and a living wage, and the importance of family unity. Our fearless leader Sister Simone rallied the crowd with a cry for Just and Commonsense Immigration Reform Now.  And then, back on the bus and on to Scranton.

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Pre-Launch Blessing in New Haven, Connecticut

Written By: Sister Arlene Flaherty, OP

May 29, 2013

The NETWORK Nuns on the Bus tour for immigration reform began last night at St. Rose of Lima Parish in New Haven, CT. After several parishioners from this largely Latino parish addressed the critical need for "Nuns on the Bus" advocacy efforts, Peg Regan, SSND, who directs an educational program for recently arrived immigrants spoke to many of the push factors including economic stresses exacerbated by U.S. policy in Latin America. Ganna, a Syrian woman refugee, then gave poignant testimony to her struggle to remain in the U.S. with her young children and graduate-student husband - especially since her country is awash in war.

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