Letter from the Jesuits on the Trump Administration’s Rescission of DACA
We write on this difficult day to remind you of God’s love
for you and to tell you that you are not alone. Across the U.S., Dreamers like
yourself have graced classrooms in Jesuit schools — from the smallest among you
to those now earning advanced degrees. You came to us for an education, you
came for pastoral and spiritual guidance, and we welcomed you — not because of
your nationality — but because you are our brothers and sisters in Christ. No
government can tear that sacred bond.
While you and the estimated 750,000 among you are called “Dreamers,”
you have helped us dream too. Because of your example, Jesuits and thousands of
lay educators at our schools across the U.S. have dreamed of new possibilities
for young people like yourselves who have, in all too many cases, fled
violence, poverty and despair.
We call upon Congress to act without delay in enacting a
lasting solution, but more than ever, we commit ourselves to living out God’s
law, which calls on us to love the stranger, remembering that our ancestors in
faith were once strangers in a foreign land.
States is a great country because it is a land of opportunity, family values
and compassion. Throughout our history, we have given newcomers the opportunity
to work hard and be successful, to our country’s substantial benefit. We have
also placed a high premium on the integrity of the family unit. The Jesuits, along with the Catholic Bishops, lay
educators and thousands of others have raised their voices in support of comprehensive immigration reform,
including the protection of DACA and the Dreamers, and we are not going to give
up. Together we recognize and seek to honor your dignity. Today and in the
challenging weeks and months to come, we will continue to strive toward a
fuller realization of your rights.
that you are in our prayers and that we continue to share in your dreams.
Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States
Nov. 22, 2017 - On #GivingTuesday, join friends, alumni and parishioners in two projects that will sponsor six months of care for a senior Jesuit, and six months of training for a Jesuit in formation. Help us support the mission of our Jesuits, past and future.
Nov. 20, 2017 - Fr. Edward C. Lynch, SJ, was called to eternal life on Nov. 17, 2017. Fr. Lynch was born on Jan. 9, 1934, entered the Society of Jesus at St. Andrew-on-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Sept. 7, 1951, and was ordained on June 18, 1964, in the Fordham University Church. He pronounced his final vows on Aug. 15, 1967.
Nov. 20, 2017 – Blessings and warm wishes for you and your loved ones during this Thanksgiving and as we prepare for the Christmas season. The USA Northeast Province has assembled several thanksgiving prayers that can be used for your family gatherings.
Nov. 17, 2017 - For five years, Father Michael Boughton, SJ, served as formation director for the East Coast. As he begins a new part of his own Jesuit journey, he shares insights on the state of Jesuit formation today.
Nov. 14, 2017 - From Nov. 4-6, 2,000 individuals - representing 26 Jesuit colleges and universities, Jesuit high schools, Jesuit parishes, current and former Jesuit Volunteers, and hundreds of alumni of Jesuit schools - gathered for the 20th annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in Washington, D.C.
November 15, 2017 — Two members of Ecojesuit, the Jesuits’ worldwide ecological network, have been reporting from the COP23-Fiji U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. Read about the issues that have been discussed at this conference.
Nov. 6, 2017 - In his November prayer video Pope Francis talks about his intention of Christians in Asia. “Let us pray that Christians in Asia may promote dialogue, peace and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.”