Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age (Matthew 25:35-43). The Lord entrusts to the Church’s motherly love every person forced to leave their homeland in search of a better future. This solidarity must be concretely expressed at every stage of the migratory experience – from departure through journey to arrival and return. This is a great responsibility, which the Church intends to share with all believers and men and women of good will, who are called to respond to the many challenges of contemporary migration with generosity, promptness, wisdom and foresight, each according to their own abilities.
Pope Francis, 15 August 2017
Our community at St. Ignatius and the Bay Area thrives through the presence and activities of a diverse group of people — including many immigrants and refugees. The Solidarity Network at St. Ignatius Parish aims to raise awareness around the issues immigrant and refugee members of our community face, explore how society can better respond to those issues, and provide support to immigrants and refugees needing assistance. Ways we do this include accompanying individuals and families as they work through the process of becoming documented residents; directly supporting families seeking asylum and refuge; learning about and participating in political efforts to bring a Gospel-centered approach to aiding people who find themselves immigrants or refugees; and by establishing relationships with other congregations.
In February and March 2017, interested parishioners met to discern whether or not God might be calling forth from St. Ignatius Parish some communal response to the issue of refugees and immigration. Our prayerful reflections led us to adopt a position of openness toward providing sanctuary for those who may have left their countries of origin and are seeking some form of security in our country. (Accompaniment is one of the three legs of the “sanctuary” stool; the other two are Advocacy and Shelter.) Out of that discernment was formed the Solidarity Network at St. Ignatius Parish, a ministry committee actively working to address this issue.
Sign up to receive updates and get involved in the Solidarity Network at St. Ignatius Parish by sending an email to immigrationSIP@gmail.com.
Faith in Action Bay Area is a network of faith communities committed to ensuring that the dignity of all members of our community is upheld. Through leadership development, civic engagement, and lifting up of our faith values we strive to make sure that every person receives the respect, justice, and opportunity they deserve.
Ignatian Solidarity Network The mission of the ISN is to network, educate, and form advocates for social justice animated by the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the witness of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador and their companions. More information here:
Jesuit Refugee Service The mission of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. Founded by Jesuit Fr. Pedro Arrupe in 1980, in direct response to the humanitarian crisis of the Vietnamese boat people, JRS today works in 47 countries worldwide to meet the educational, health, and social needs of more than 750,000 refugees.
Share the Journey Campaign Pope Francis has just launched the new Share the Journey campaign by Caritas Internationalis to assist families forced to migrate and promote Catholic social teaching on refugees and migrants. There are 65.6 million forcibly displaced people in the world today, according to a United Nations agency, the most since just after World War II. Overall, there are 244 million migrants in the world, according to Caritas.
The Las Vecinas de El Salvador Ministry at St. Ignatius Parish offers an opportunity to provide financial and spiritual support to our Sister Parish, Paroquia San Antonio in Soyapango, El Salvador.