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Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform to Hold Early Morning Pilgrimage Starting at Broadview Detention Center

– Members of the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform, the Priests for Justice for Immigrants and Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants, will hold a Posada, a symbolic search for shelter that offers hope, justice and human dignity for all immigrants, on Friday, December 17, beginning at 7 a.m. outside the Broadview Detention Center, 1930 South Beach Avenue in Broadview.

The third annual event will begin with a rosary and prayer vigil that will include special intentions for the family and passage of the DREAM Act, which the Senate is slated to vote on next week. 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. Participants will begin a two-mile journey at 8 a.m. to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, 1101 North 23rd Avenue in Melrose Park. At 9 a.m. a celebration and liturgy will take place that will include a Christmas Shepherd’s Play that will reenact God’s miraculous intervention into a fallen world through the birth of Jesus Christ. Participants will include a number of representatives from Archdiocesan parishes, as well as university students and seminarians. Fr. Marco Mercado, Director of the Office for Hispanic Catholics, and Most Rev. John R. Manz, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will participate in the liturgy.

The Archdiocese of Chicago and its bishops, priests and religious congregations have long been a voice for immigrants, particularly since the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), established the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform in May 2005. The purpose then and now is 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, supporters of the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform have prayed the rosary outside the Broadview Detention Center every Friday morning at 7:15 a.m. as a witness of faith and solidarity.

More information about Posadas is available in the Advent Resources on the Archdiocesan website, under Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform. A directory of Posadas taking place at around seventy parishes across Cook and Lake counties is also found on the Archdiocesan web site. For more information about these events and other immigration efforts of the Archdiocese of Chicago, visit, or contact Elena Segura, Director of the Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education at 312-534-5333 or

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