Welcoming the Stranger: Issues of Migration and Refugees
by Susan Frick
Sunday, March 8, 2020

On Friday, three of us from St. Peter’s joined the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants for a prayer vigil outside an ICE Processing Center in Broadview. This group, made up of Protestants, Catholics, Jews and Muslims, have been gathering for over 13 years on the first Friday morning of each month to talk, pray, sing, and reflect.

While standing in the cold and wind, we talked about what it means to welcome the strangers. We recited verses and sang. We prayed for immigrants, some by name. We prayed for children who have died in detention centers. We prayed for officials in our government that just and fair immigration laws can be created. And, we prayed that each of us will recognize our voice for these efforts.

The vigil was simple, beautiful and profound.

Through our Social Justice Ministry, you are welcome to join us the first Friday of each month at 7:15 am. Information on the Prayer Vigil is on the Social Justice Bulletin Board or contact the Team’s Co-Chairs – Susan Frick at susan_frick@rush.edu or Ron Searl at searle60@gmail.com.

Check out the website for the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants or follow their Facebook page. They offer many other ways to support the cause.

You can join their mailing list by visiting this page of their website