Refugees – SND Share Concerns

Refugees – SND Share Concerns

The Sisters of Notre Dame share the concerns of many Catholic organizations regarding the recent executive order suspending the entry of refugees into the United States for 120 days, of Syrian refugees indefinitely, and of individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days. Our history as a congregation in the United States began when we came to this country as refugees of an oppressive government in Prussia that made it impossible for us to carry out our ministries there. In our ministries today we serve and work with people from many countries who are seeking justice and freedom. With the president and vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops we affirm that, “Welcoming the stranger and those in flight is not one option among many in the Christian life.  It is the very form of Christianity itself.  Our actions must remind people of Jesus. The actions of our government must remind people of basic humanity.” (www.usccb.org)  As members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and with Catholic sisters nationwide, we “remain committed to welcoming refugees who come to this country after passing through the U.S. government’s already rigorous screening processes.” (www.lcwr.org)