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During this time when anti-immigrant sentiments, misinformation and hatred are finding a way into laws, policies and ways of dealing with immigrants, we, Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, believe it is especially urgent that we stand with immigrants and with those who share our passion for justice for immigrants.
In 2010, the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters issued the following declaration:
We, the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, in collaboration with dedicated laity and clergy, strive to live and proclaim the Gospel of God's love, justice and peace by reverencing the dignity of each person and creating a spirit of hospitality. With the strength of the Holy Spirit, we stand in solidarity with immigrants, refugees and displaced persons of diverse cultures and traditions and minister as well as journey together with them.
The Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters have been sent to immigrants from the very beginning. The first Sisters from our Motherhouse in Steyl were sent to an immigrant community in Argentina.
We recognize that "the dignity and intrinsic value of the human person is more important than any material help we can give... In our efforts to combat hunger, ignorance and the denial of human rights, we follow Catholic social teaching and the directives of the local church." (Constitutions)
We are "to journey in the direction of valuing life and, networking with others, to responsibly protect and promote life in all its forms." (Congregational Directions - 2008)
In January, 2003, the U.S. Bishops issued the pastoral letter, Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope. In that document, the U.S. Bishops articulated five principles that govern how the Church responds to public policy proposals relating to immigration.
How should I educate myself and others:
Our commitment as Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters: