Parish Solidarity Network

Solidarity Network at St. Ignatius Parish

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).

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.

How did we get here?

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.

Want to get involved?

Sign up to receive updates and get involved in the Solidarity Network at St. Ignatius Parish by sending an email to immigrationSIP@gmail.com.

Resources

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Campaign for Hospitality invites the Jesuit and broader Catholic network in the United States and Canada to get to know people in our countries with recent stories of migration. Together, we will reflect on our common human dignity and values to create more welcoming communities and nations.

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.

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.

Statements on Immigration and Refugees

For the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees

For the 51st World Day of Peace

America Magazine on Pope Francis' Statement

Pope Francis

St. Pope John Paul II

Pedro Arrupe, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, 1980

Pastoral Letter by Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso

Canadian and US Provincials of the Society of Jesus

US Bishops Conference

Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco

Blase J. Cupich, Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago

Robert McElroy, Bishop of San Diego

Joseph W. Tobin, Cardinal Archbishop of Newark

Jesuit Refugee Services, USA

Board of Trustees, USF

St. Ignatius College Preparatory

Pope Francis' call to holiness by accompanying others, especially migrants

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