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EARLY MORNING LOOP PILGRIMAGE FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM
Friday, December 20, Beginning at 7 a.m.

CHICAGO, IL (December 17, 2013) Members of the Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Priests for Justice for Immigrants who represent 200 priests, and Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants who represent 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 20, beginning at 7 a.m., outside the United States Center for Immigration Services, 101 West Congress in downtown Chicago.

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.  Rev. Larry Dowling, pastor of St. Agatha Parish and moderator of the Priests for Justice for Immigrants, will lead the vigil.  Speakers will include Rev. Rosendo Urrabazo, CMF, provincial superior of the USA Province of the Claretian Missionaries.

The sixth annual pilgrimage will include a prayer vigil and singing to raise hope and awareness in order to pass compassionate, comprehensive immigration reform in Congress, and to stop the separation of families.  The Posada is a continuation of the “40 Days of Prayer, Fasting and Action for Congress” Campaign that has the participation of over 200 Archdiocesan parishes.  This campaign is being considered the penultimate phase of the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform following the Senate vote of 68-32 in favor of the comprehensive immigration bill, S. 744.

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 over 90 parishes across Cook and Lake Counties can be found on the Archdiocesan web site.

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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