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Priests and Religious Sisters and Brothers to Hold Prayer Service During National Migration Week Groups to Ask President Obama and Elected Officials to Act on Immigration Reform

The Priests for Justice for Immigrants, a group of over 200 priests, and the Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants, a network of over 100 sisters and brothers representing 37 religious orders, will hold a prayer service and press conference on Friday, January 8, at 10 a.m., at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets. This important event for immigration supporters is being held during National Migration Week to help focus on the next four months that are being called crucial for immigration’s legislative survival in 2010.

During the prayer service and press conference, the Priests for Justice for Immigrants and the Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants will express their solidarity with immigrants by individually promising to pray and fast on days selected on a large calendar that extends over the next three months.

The group will also jointly call for passage of compassionate, comprehensive immigration reform that will coincide with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Justice for Immigrants Postcard Campaign in various cities throughout the country. During the Postcard Campaign, which begins the first week of January and continues through March, parishioners and supporters will send hundreds of thousands of postcards to state and federal legislators, requesting their support of legislation that keeps families together, incorporates reasonable and humane enforcement policies and ensures that immigrants without legal status will be able to register with the government and begin a path toward citizenship.

Departments, offices and ministries within the Archdiocese of Chicago have worked for five years to advocate for an end to family separation and for the passage of legislation that would allow a reasonable path to citizenship for undocumented women, men and children.

For more information about this event, contact Elena Segura, Director of the Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education at 312-534-5333, or Fr. Larry Dowling, Pastor of St. Agatha Parish, 773-522-3050,

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