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CATHOLIC RELIGIOUS SISTERS AND BROTHERS ENGAGE 10,000
TO PRAY AND CONTACT LEGISLATORS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Chicago, IL (May 18, 2007)The Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants, representing twenty-five religious congregations, held a press conference earlier today in the chapel at Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St., Chicago. It was the group’s first official act since their inception in January 2007.

“Many of our congregations were founded by immigrant women and men, and reach out to all immigrants today. We hope that through our prayers, the hearts of the legislators responsible for immigration reform are opened to the crucial needs of immigrants,” noted Sr. Kate Brenner, SSSF. Sr. Bernardine Karge, OP, then noted the group’s commitment “to work for justice for immigrants and to take continuing actions in conjunction with Congress' scheduled debate on immigration reform.”

The group recognizes the urgent duty and challenge to stand in solidarity with immigrants and is committed to call forth government’s responsibility to promote human dignity, to protect human rights and to build the common good. Uniting with the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform (CCIR), the Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants are committed to becoming a powerful collective voice seeking justice for immigrants until comprehensive immigration legislation passes.

The group’s original collaboration centered on CCIR initiatives embraced by congregations of women and men religious across the Archdiocese. The Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants recruited over 10,000 Catholics to pray and contact legislators opposed to immigration reform in the next six weeks.

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