The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Rochester joins in solidarity with others in the faith community concerned by the recent Executive Order to temporarily ban immigrants and refugees traveling to the United States, even temporarily, from seven Muslim countries.
As a Congregation, we affirm the United States government’s obligation to
protect its citizens and secure its borders.
However, we join other faith communities concerned that this policy is contrary to Christian and American values.
"You shall welcome the
stranger, for you were once strangers in the land of Egypt."
This passage represents one of the tenants of Judaism,
and through that great tradition, of Christianity as well. It has become
a hallmark of the entire understanding of social justice across the whole of
For the United States of America to turn its back on those
who need a safe haven or a place to seek refuge, is a departure from our long
standing commitment to welcome strangers to become part of the fabric of this
noble and prosperous people.
of Saint Joseph of Rochester pray to the Holy Spirit for compassion for our global immigrants and refugees, including those fleeing persecution for their religious beliefs. We affirm our prayer and support for peace
building, healing, and reconciliation.
follow the links below for supporting statements from the United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops, The Leadership for Women’s Religious Conference
and Bishop Salvatore R. Matano: