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Archdiocese of Chicago to Host the Tenth Annual Keep Hope Alive Fundraiser Benefitting its Immigration Ministry on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, to deliver remarks on the important role lay leaders play in “Welcoming the Stranger”

Chicago - (Oct. 21, 2022) – The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Immigration Ministry will host its tenth annual Keep Hope Alive benefit at 6:45 p.m., on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022, at St. Ignatius College Prep, 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Chicago. Keep Hope Alive is the archdiocese’s annual fundraiser to support Pastoral Migratoria, its local and national immigrant-led ministries and to recognize community leaders who have responded to the needs of immigrant communities.

“We Christians are called to welcome the stranger, the migrant, the refugee, because they, too are children of God, all of us members of the same family, the human family. After all, Jesus himself was a refugee, as Mary and Joseph were forced to flee their homeland because it had become too dangerous,” said Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago.  When Christians choose to help our immigrant brothers and sisters, we are doing as Jesus taught — we are choosing to see in them the Holy Family, who only wanted to live. We are choosing life.”

Cardinal Cupich will provide remarks about the importance of immigrant lay leaders in parish communities throughout Chicago and the United States, highlighting Pastoral Migratoria’s role in responding to the current needs of immigrants both on a local and national level.

The Immigration Ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Pastoral Migratoria serves as a national model for supporting undocumented and documented immigrants and promotes the Gospel imperative for communion among all persons, including these communities.

Elena Segura, senior coordinator of the archdiocese’s national immigration ministry, will highlight the work and impact the Local Immigration Ministry and National Pastoral Migratoria have had in the last year.

Grammy and Latin Grammy-nominated Sones de Mexico Ensemble will perform during the fundraiser.

Community leaders and groups to be recognized for their dedication to immigrants and immigration reform include:

  • Martin and Lois Graham-McHugh - Journey to Emmaus Award
  • Sarah Flosi - Frances Cabrini Award
  • Rich Daniels - Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Pastoral Migratoria of Our Lady of Mercy, Chicago, IL. and Pastoral Migratoria of St. Stanislaus, Modesto, CA. - St. Toribio Romo Award
  • Rev. Steve Niskanen, CMF - Strangers No Longer Award
  • Msgr. Robert Vitillo - Pope Francis Award

Since May 2005, the Archdiocese of Chicago, its bishops, priests and religious congregations have given voice to immigrants through the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform. The Campaign was established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to educate Catholics and the public about the need for comprehensive immigration reform and to influence legislation for a permanent and fair solution to immigration issues in this country.

Visit for more information and to register or contact Mark Goebel at [email protected] or 312.534.8383.