Statement of Concern Over Executive Order on Immigration

February 2, 2017

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."  
Deuteronomy 10:19
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 western civilization.
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.
The Sisters 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.
Please 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:

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