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Year of Consecrated Life: Following Him with Great Serenity and Spiritual Joy

I am Sister Andrea Marie, a Novice of Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma (abbr. RSM). I am glad to have this opportunity of sharing with you my vocation story as a Religious Sister, as well as my immigration process as a Religious Worker. I am a Korean (South) citizen, but came to US from Germany, where I lived for seven years. In the summer of 2012, I came to Alma, Michigan, where our Motherhouse is located, in order to enter into the formation program of our community.

A Reflection for Holy Thursday

*The following reflection originally appeared as a feature in Catholic Charities USA's Lent Reflection Series  

Holy Week : March 29-April 4 Repentance and Hope

Lamentations are a part of our faith tradition. They transcend the logic of reason, rational analysis, study and planning. They pierce the crusty calluses of numbness, cynicism, indifference and denial. Laments are cries of anguish and outrage, groans of deep pain and grief, utterances of profound protest and righteous indignation over injustice, wails of mourning and sorrow in the face of unbearable suffering. Laments name the present pain, and forthrightly acknowledge that life and relationships have gone terribly wrong. Laments both stem from and lead to deep compassion.

Faith Groups Express Support for Immigration Reform

  Evangelical immigration advocates urge federal immigration reform and build community capacity to assist vulnerable newcomers – even though Evangelical leadership in Congress, namely presidential candidate Ted Cruz, has discouraged reforms including a pathway to citizenship.  CLINIC is referenced as a resource assisting faith communities with training and technical support.  Source:  NBC.  Read the article.  April 1, 2015

Catholic Bishops Travel to Dilley, Call for Alternatives to Detention

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio, Seattle Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio L. Elizondo, and Bishop James A.

Building an Advocacy Coalition on the State and Local Levels

This webinar focuses on immigration issues and describes how other areas of social justice such as safety net programs, education, and transportation can include an immigration component.  Other topics include gathering community stories and working with other advocates, elected officials, and policymakers.  This presentation also highlights the importance of respectful discourse during advocacy work.    This webinar was held on March 25, 2015.  

Immigrants’ Rights Groups to Provide Pro Bono Legal Services to Children and Their Mothers Detained in Texas

Immigrants’ Rights Groups Announce Plans to Provide Pro Bono Legal Services to Children and Their Mothers Detained in Texas   March 31, 2015

Citizenship: “It’s Time to Step up Our Game”

Approximately 8.8 million lawful permanent residents are eligible for United States citizenship but fewer than 10 percent naturalize every year. With this in mind, New Americans Campaign partners Eric Cohen, Stewart Kwoh, Arturo Vargas join CLINIC Executive Director, Jeanne Atkinson in an op-ed encouraging citizenship and promoting prosperity.  Source:  The Hill.  Read the article.  March 30, 2015

2014 CLINIC Pro Bono Award Recipient

2014 CLINIC Pro Bono Award CLINIC is proud to recognize the hard work and dedication of those who support the BIA Pro Bono Project.  In particular, we recognize the law firm of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan as the recipient of CLINIC’s 2014 Pro Bono Award.

All in the (CLINIC) Family

By Tessa W. McKenzie Our commitment to supporting newcomers is personal and at CLINIC, we are inspired by friends who have overcome numerous obstacles to become naturalized US citizens.  Saba Hailu is one such friend, who journeyed from aspiring citizen to new American.  Saba’s determination strengthens our resolve to ensure that the foreign-born have access to opportunities for citizenship and civic participation.

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