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Hartford Public Library, a BIA Recognized CLINIC affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut, provides a unique and effective immigrant integration program, which includes a range of legal and educational services to immigrants. The ‘We Belong Here’ program, led by Homa Naficy, is a powerful addition to the growing number of local integration initiatives nationwide.

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.

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


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.


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

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