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EARLY MORNING LOOP PILGRIMAGE TO RAISE AWARENESS
IN ORDER TO STOP SEPARATION OF FAMILIES

Friday, December 16, Beginning at 7 a.m.

Chicago, IL (December 13, 2011) – Members of the Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Priests for Justice for Immigrants (representing 200 priests) and Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants (representing 59 religious orders), will hold a Posada, a symbolic search for shelter that offers hope, justice and human dignity for all immigrants, on Friday, December 16, beginning at 7 a.m. outside the United States Center for Immigration Services, 101 West Congress in downtown Chicago.

The fourth annual pilgrimage will include a prayer vigil and singing to raise hope and awareness in order to stop the separation of families, and to enact compassionate, comprehensive immigration reform and the federal DREAM Act. The DREAM Act would give students who have grown up and graduated high school in the United States the opportunity to earn legal status through higher education or military service.  The one-mile journey will include symbolic stops outside the Metropolitan Correctional Center, DePaul University, Dirksen Federal Building, and St. Peter’s in the Loop, 100 West Madison, where the event will conclude with a celebration at 9 a.m. Participants will include a number of representatives from Archdiocesan parishes and high schools, as well as university students and seminarians.  Most Rev. John R. Manz and Most Rev. Alberto Rojas, auxiliary bishops of Chicago, will lead the vigil.

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

Since December 2006, religious sisters and brothers, priests, lay leaders, students and representatives of interfaith groups have prayed for compassionate immigration reform outside the Broadview Detention Center every Friday morning at 7:15 a.m. as a witness of faith and solidarity.

A directory of Posadas taking place at around eighty parishes across Cook and Lake counties can be found on the Archdiocesan web site, www.archchicago.org.  For more information about these events and other immigration efforts of the Archdiocese of Chicago, visit www.archchicago.org/immigration, or contact Elena Segura, Director of the Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education at 312-534-5333 or esegura@archchicago.org.

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