Franciscan Common Ground is excited to share the Dignity and Development Project from the Migrant Center at the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi in New York City! In collaboration with La 72 Hogar y Refugio Para Personas Migrantes, the Dignity and Development Project was founded to provide migrants and refugees, especially women, children and adolescents, … More Dignity and Development Project
On Saturday, May 21st, approximately 60 members of the Franciscan family, including friars, sisters, and our partners in ministry, gathered at San Damiano Hall in New York City for Franciscan Common Ground, an inter-Franciscan conference on migration. Franciscan Common Ground was organized by Julian Jagudilla, OFM and the Migrant Center of the Church of St. Francis … More The Conference
Earlier this morning, Pope Francis visited the Moria detention center, a refugee camp on the Greek Island of Lesbos. On his official Instagram account, Franciscus, Pope Francis wrote, “We have come to call the attention of the world to this grave humanitarian crisis and to plead for its resolution.” He also told the refugees, “As people of faith, we wish … More Pope Francis Visits Refugee Camp in Lesbos
Below is an article from the Guardian on the alarming reports of torture (of migrants and indigenous Mexicans) at the hands of the Mexican government, with U.S. aid. Amy and Esther Juárez were edgy with excitement as they boarded the bus full of seasonal workers heading for a farm at the other end of Mexico from their … More Mexico Tortures Migrants – and Citizens – in Effort to Slow Central American Surge
This article originally appeared in the Washington Post at http://wpo.st/IliK1. A senior Justice Department official is arguing that 3- and 4-year-olds can learn immigration law well enough to represent themselves in court, staking out an unconventional position in a growing debate over whether immigrant children facing deportation are entitled to taxpayer-funded attorneys. Jack H. Weil, a longtime … More Can a 3-Year Old Represent Herself in Immigration Court? This Judge Thinks So.
As a collaboration between the different members of the Franciscan Family, Franciscan Common Ground has gathered the support of many religious communities and key partner organizations. The Provincial Ministers of the seven OFM Provinces of the United States of America have recently issued a letter of endorsement for this important and timely conference. The letter reads, … More U.S. Franciscans Endorse Franciscan Common Ground
On the evening of Thursday, March 3, several friars, including George Camacho, OFM, Ramon Razon, OFM, Julian Jagudilla, OFM, Stephen Mimnaugh, OFM, and myself, organized a “Walk for Peace and Justice” in New York City. During this meditative, silent walk, we prayed for immigrants’ rights and an end to racism. Carrying signs that read, “Christians … More Reflection: Walk for Peace and Justice in New York City
This article originally appeared in the New York Times at http://nyti.ms/1TxbtTH. Berlin — Immigration and Customs Enforcement calls the detention site in Dilley, Tex., a “family residential center.” But to the 2,000 migrant children and mothers who live there, it’s something else: “People who say this is not a prison are lying,” Yancy Maricela Mejia Guerra, … More Private Prisons Are Cashing In on Refugees’ Desperation