U.S. priests urged to fast and phone in support of “Dreamers”
February 21, 2018
For immediate release
The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests is urging its members to take personal and public action in support of permanent status for all “Dreamers.”
In a newsletter emailed to all members February 21, the AUSCP leadership team asked members to “Fast on Fridays in union with Father Gary Graf, the Chicago priest who has been fasting in support of Dreamers every day,” and to express their support for Father Ray Pineda, a Dreamer himself who is an ordained priest in Atlanta.
In the public arena, AUSCP members are also asked to “Phone your Senators and Representatives and urge parishioners to do same” in supporting legislation to protect young persons who were brought to this country, noting that a deadline for Congress to act has been set at March 5.
The email blast to AUSCP members encourages them to “Go to your Senators’ and Representatives’ local offices and invite parishioners to join you. Possibly ask other parishes in the diocese to make it a public witness.” And, “Make a statement for local newspapers and for your parish bulletin, declaring the concern you have for Dreamers, in terms of their human dignity and that of their families.”
The AUSCP pointed out the unity of Catholic voices, noting that the sisters and activist members of NETWORK were planning a demonstration February 17 for protection of Dreamers, and that the U.S. bishops were calling for public support. Archbishop John Wester, AUSCP episcopal advisor, reiterated his support and urged all priests in his Archdiocese of Sante Fe to speak out in support of the Dreamers.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced that February 26 is to be “a National Catholic Call-In Day,” urging Catholics throughout the country to call their members of congress “to protect Dreamers from deportation, to provide them a path to citizenship, and to avoid any damage to existing protections for families and unaccompanied minors in the process.”
For additional information, or to arrange an interview, contact Sister Jacquelyn Doepker, OSF, Executive Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org, (872) 205-5862