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January 30, 2017, Detroit – On the way home from visiting Adrian Dominican Sisters and their ministries in Florida, Sister Elise D. García, OP, General Councilor, heard of a protest at Detroit Metro Airport against President Donald Trump’s refugee policies. She decided to delay her drive home to add the voice of the Adrian Dominican Congregation to the protest. Read the Detroit Free Press article about the protest, in which Sister Elise is quoted. She also took a video of the protest. Sister Elise also posted photos of the protest on her Facebook page.
Click on the links to read further about some of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ ministries in Florida. These include St. Ann Place, a ministry for homeless women and men, in West Palm Beach, where Sister Patricia Leonard ministers; Cardinal Newman High School, West Palm Beach, where Sister Judith Rimbey serves in the Finance Office; and Rosarian Academy, an elementary school in West Palm Beach sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, where Sister Donna Baker ministers as middle school principal.
January 26, 2017, Washington, DC – Sister Donna Markham, OP, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, was one of many Catholic organization leaders to speak out on behalf of immigrants. They did so in in response to President Donald Trump’s executive actions calling for the construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and to cut federal funding from sanctuary cities and states.
“Pope Francis has urged people not to close the door on migrants and refugees,” Sister Donna said in a statement. “In concert with the Holy Father, we believe we must move from attitudes of defensiveness and fear to acceptance, compassion, and encounter.”
Read the entire Catholic News Service article, which also highlights the responses of other Catholic organizations, including Network and Pax Christi USA.
Feature photo: An 18-foot steel wall already stands at the border of the United States and Mexico at Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico.