The Human Family Cries Out — We Respond
We recognize in migrants our common humanity, our shared human needs and desires and our collective moral responsibility to protect those most in need.
As we watch the most recent group of men, women and children walking northward together, we Dominican Sisters of San Rafael express our solidarity with people from south of our border who are fleeing violence and extreme poverty. They seek protection, opportunity for right livelihood and peace in which to live and raise their families.
- We recognize in these migrants our common humanity, our shared human needs and desires, and our collective moral responsibility to protect those most in need.
- We acknowledge each country’s responsibility to address conditions and concerns of safety and livelihood; we also acknowledge each country’s legitimate borders and sovereignty. However, when human conditions rise to the level of desperation and crisis, we as a neighboring country with abundant resources have a moral responsibility to respond in compassion and support.
- We call upon ourselves and those who share a vision of common responsibility to the human family to urge our leaders to find a means to receive these migrants, to ensure that they have access to legal counsel and receive a fair resolution to their claims, and to relocate them in welcoming communities.
- We firmly believe this action of welcome will not only address the needs of our brothers and sisters, but will enrich and transform our communities. This action rekindles our country’s deep heritage and capacity for diversity, compassion and integration of untold immigrant populations. This IS who we are as a country; this IS how we became a nation.
An artistic response to children and parents separated at the border
As events in 2018 have unfolded, Sister Joanne Cullimore, OP has been deeply concerned about the separation of families seeking refuge at the southern border of the U.S. “What can I possibly do?” she thought. “I am not physically able to go. I am not a writer. But as an artist, perhaps I can make a contemporary retablo or ex voto with an urgent prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe.”