We have been in touch with Catholic religious men and women in Mexico City. They and other interfaith partners have issued a call for support, both in the form of direct, physical, and pastoral accompaniment and in the form of financial resources. Such support is needed to offer solidarity with our migrant sisters and brothers fleeing different forms of violence in central america. The accompaniment is needed both in Mexico as migrants are walking north to the U.S. border and at the U.S. border when they arrive in a few weeks. There are also additional migrant communities just beginning their journey from central america toward Mexico.
This is a time for courage. This is a time for more completely exposing the mass injustice and violence toward migrants. This is a time for embodying a "nonviolent moment" which unleashes creative energy into the situation.
Our interfaith immigration coalition is organizing efforts to respond to these calls for support. If you are willing to help in some way, please fill out this form and we will be in touch with details and logistics. Accompaniment can be valuable for 1 or 2 days, or longer. It may entail listening to their stories, connecting them to key resources, protective presence, or even helping to directly de-escalate conflict.
CMSM supports and offers resources for U.S. leaders of Catholic men’s religious institutes. CMSM promotes dialogue and collaboration on issues of religious life as well as peace and justice issues with major groups in church and society. There are about 17,000 religious priests and brothers in the United States.