Statement on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

The leadership of the Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union, USA provinces recognize the need to support inclusive legislation and action at all levels and to stand against exclusion and racism. We call for comprehensive immigration reform. Recognizing this reform to be a long term process, we urge all of our members and collaborators to contact their US senators and representatives urging the immediate passage of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

We strongly affirm LCWR position:
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) shares the disappointment of millions of people across the country who had hoped and prayed that President Trump would continue the protection offered Dreamers by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA is a common sense path to stability for families, communities, and local economies and a reaffirmation of American values. Ending DACA will cause irreparable harm to families and communities and force 800,000 of our young people back into the shadows.

In the wake of this unconscionable action by President Trump, we urge Congress to immediately take up and pass the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017.

As women of faith we take seriously the gospel call to welcome the stranger and care for those in need. LCWR and its members will continue to press for compassion for our neighbors, relief for families, and an end to needless deportations. “We will continue to advocate for bipartisan legislation that addresses our outdated immigration system,” said LCWR Executive Director Sister Joan Marie Steadman, CSC. “We will continue to stand in solidarity with families, regardless of immigration status, who labor daily to provide safety and security for their children. We will continue to walk with Dreamers and together with people of goodwill we will work to ensure that the dignity of all people is fully protected.”

Catholic sisters have a long history of accompanying immigrants and refugees. They continue to minister to these aspiring citizens in schools, hospitals, and service agencies along the southern border and across the country. They see the devastating effects of the current immigration system every day. They share the hopes and dreams of these young Americans who represent so much of what is right and good about this country we all call home.

LCWR is an association of leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States. The conference has nearly 1300 members, who represent more than 38,800 women religious in the United States. Founded in 1956, LCWR assists its members to collaboratively carry out their service of leadership to further the mission of the Gospel in today’s world.

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Statement on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

The leadership of the Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union, USA provinces recognize the need to support inclusive legislation and action at all levels and to stand against exclusion and racism. We call for comprehensive immigration reform. Recognizing this reform to be a long term process, we urge all of our members and collaborators to contact their US senators and representatives urging the immediate passage of DACA (Deferred Action for…

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The Heart Cave

Stephanie Nolan, O.S.U.   I must remember to go down to the heart cave And sweep it clean, make it warm, with fire on the hearth And candles in their niches The pictures on the walls glowing with quiet lights   I must remember to go down to the heart cave And make the bed with the quilt from home Strew rushes on the floor And hang lavender and sage…

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November Musings

Maryellen Keefe, O.S.U.   Month of endings and beginnings, 30 Days of contrast— Falling leaves evoking thoughts of death, warm Indian summer hinting at new life Among November’s days of contrast are some significant ones— November 1 All Hallows summons to celebration of saints known and unknown, November 2 All Souls invites prayerful remembrance of those at Heaven’s gate November 3 Martin de Porres, illegitimate, bi-racial, Dominican brother, nurses the…

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REFLECTING ON OCTOBER

Bridget Puzon, O.S.U. The poet called it the time of “mellow fruitfulness.” Everything seems quieter and invites reflection. After the Autumnal Equinox, the sun very noticeably comes up later. (I know, the reality is that the earth turns.) The sunrise show from our kitchen window that moved across the room, blinding us, now has only hints, shadows, to nudge us awake. It is autumn in New York. At the same…

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GAIA MOURNS HER SCARS

Anne Therese Dillen, OSU In honor of LAUDATO SI Woman, why are you weeping, Bent in scalding tears? What has wrenched your heart to breaking, No smile to hide your fears? “Look here! Can you but see? They’ve shaved away my mountain – The trees, the moss, the laurel – The scent of morning dew!” “Naught but crags and crevices, Jagged holes and caves With muddy sludge for rivers, Can…

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PENTECOST

Claire Smith, O.S.U.   The Pentecost psalmist sings a masterful hymn to the Spirit of God, Creator of the Cosmos, taking hardly a breath, in the telling of the God-colors into the world, into humanity, into my own heart. Meanwhile, back in the Upper room in the Cenacle, the apostles are hiding behind closed doors, confused by the Easter events, when a spiritual tsumani breaks upon them. We have our…

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Ascension

This watercolor painting by Sr. Anne Therese Dillen, O.S.U., featuring two persons and not the apostles, is a symbolic representation of us all as we “look up” in expectation, sometimes forgetting that we need look only around us and within us to find the risen Jesus. “MEN of GALILEE, WHY DO YOU STAND LOOKING UP?” Just what is up and what is down, Or what is here or there? For…

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Easter Encounters

Bridget Puzon, O.S.U.   How often we have first impressions that turn out to be far different realities. A person, a situation, an encounter, aren’t what we thought. First-hand accounts of the Easter stories show just such recognitions of reality. Days after the brutal death of Jesus, the Gospel stories after the event artfully show the confusion his followers felt. We read or listen to the first-hand accounts of their…

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Holy Week 2015

Anne Therese Dillen, O.S.U.   HOLY, INDEED! A sacred march to town, with seating on a donkey’s colt; A path of palms thick-strewn, yet soon to be awash in tears; Joyous songs of children echoed by the very stones. HOLY, INDEED! A crowning for the King, a regal purple robe as well: A throne erected just for Him — at thirty silver pieces — cheap! And just so everyone will…

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Lenten Reflection

The watercolor Redemption and accompanying poem are by Sr. Anne Therese Dillen, OSU.   WHAT IF…? Anne Therese Dillen, O.S.U. What if Lent, this lengthy entry into Spring — bereft of birdsong, flowers, warmth: a “fast” perhaps, but slow – What if this unwelcome word took on a different cast? Instead of time without — a time of plenty; A time “lent” to us by God to fill our treasure…

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