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CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM TO HOLD SYMBOLIC
REENACTMENT OF JOSEPH AND MARY’S SEARCH FOR SHELTER

Hispanic Tradition of “La Posada” to Provide Sign of Hope, Compassion, Transformation,
and Unity with Immigrants

Chicago, IL (December 11, 2008) – Hundreds of Catholics from across the Archdiocese of Chicago will be joined by people of other faiths, on Friday morning, December 19, as they walk, pray and sing together as a sign of hope, justice and human dignity for all immigrants who desire to make a home in the United States.In addition to priests, religious and parishioners, participants will include representatives of the Priests for Justice for Immigrants and Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants of the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform.

The public is invited to join the symbolic La Posada that will begin at 7 a.m. in the parking lot of St. Eulalia Parish, 1851 South 9th Avenue in Maywood. Following an introductory prayer, participants will begin their one-mile journey, making two brief, symbolic stops at 14 th Street and 19 th Street on Lexington Avenue before reaching the Broadview Detention Center located at 1930 South Beach Avenue at 8 a.m.

Choirs at each stop will perform Advent selections and the ritual depicting the welcoming of the stranger with love will be enacted. The stop outside the Broadview Detention Center will include an Advent statement delivered by Fr. Larry Dowling on behalf of the Priests for Justice for Immigrants and Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants. The statement will emphasize the challenges and hopes of the ongoing journey of immigrants and the transformation still required of minds, hearts and legislation. Following the statement, pilgrims will return to St. Eulalia Parish for fellowship.

The Archdiocese of Chicago and its bishops, priests and religious congregations have long been a voice for immigrants, particularly since the U.S. bishops established its Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform in May 2005. The purpose then and now is to educate Catholics about the

need for comprehensive immigration reform and to influence legislation for a permanent and fair solution to immigration issues in this country.

Event flyers are available in English and Spanish on the Archdiocesan web site, www.archchicago.org, by clicking on “Advent Resources” under the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform on the main page. For more information on this and other immigration efforts of the Archdiocese of Chicago, contact Elena Segura, Director, Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform at 312-751-5333, or esegura@archchicago.org

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