Archdiocese of Chicago to host 16th Annual Posada for Immigration Reform on Friday, December 17, 2021 in the Chicago Loop starting at 11 a.m. – Press Releases
A press conference with Catholic Immigration Ministry networks will take place after the posada at Holy Name Cathedral at 1 p.m.
Chicago – (December 15, 2021) – The Archdiocese of Chicago will host the 16th Annual Posada for Immigration Reform on Friday, December 17 starting at 11 a.m. outside the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Center, 101 W Ida B. Wells Dr. and continue to four locations in the Chicago Loop.
Inspired by a centuries-old tradition of posada throughout Mexico, Guatemala and in immigrant communities in the United States, the Archdiocesan Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity-Immigration is sponsoring the Mile Pilgrimage symbolizing the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, traveling from one place to another. to be placed in search of rest and shelter before the birth of Jesus Christ. Immigrants today, like the Holy Family, are vulnerable, seek shelter and protection from unrest, but often face rejection.
“The spirit of the posada calls us to be in communion with the foreigner and the immigrant, to have an open heart and mind and not to be indifferent to their plight,” said Cardinal Blase J. Cupich , Archbishop of Chicago. âWe will continue to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform to protect the dignity and lives of those seeking refuge from all forms of violence, poverty, persecution and oppression.
Attendees will include members of the Immigrant Justice Priests, immigrant sisters and brothers, and parishes, schools, and immigration ministries from the Archdiocese of Chicago. Community members are also encouraged to join in the walk and prayer for the immigrants. This year, Pastoral Migratoria, the social ministry of immigration for the Archdiocese of New York, will be running its posada simultaneously throughout the Bronx in solidarity. Pastoral Migratoria of New York will synchronize its prayers, songs and reflections to reflect the Archdiocese of Chicago and raise voices for immigration reform.
The Chicago posada will stop at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, DePaul University, Federal Plaza, and St. Peter’s in the Loop Church. Each stop will include special prayers, songs and reflections.
After the posada, a press conference will take place at the Cathedral of the Holy Name. Attending the press conference will be:
- members of the Network of Immigration Ministries,
- Priests for justice for immigrants, with 200 member priests,
- Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants, made up of 54 religious orders,
- Parish Immigration Coordinators of the Archdiocese of Chicago which includes 127 parishes born in the Archdiocese,
- Pastoral Migratoria of the Archdiocese of Chicago, which includes 40 Hispanic parishes, and
- Polish Ministry of Immigrants to Immigrants, made up of 10 Polish parishes.
Participants at the press conference will discuss the main barriers to immigration affecting the lives of immigrants and refugees and the long overdue policy measures that need to be adopted by the current administration. The Immigration Department’s network will also launch an action campaign that will include prayer, outreach to the Catholic community, visits with elected officials and other advocacy efforts.
Estimated locations and times:
11 a.m. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Center, 101 W. Ida B. Wells Dr.
11:25 am Stop # 1: Metropolitan Correctional Center, 71 W. Van Buren St.
11:40 am Stop # 2: DePaul University Downtown Campus, 1 E. Jackson Blvd.
11:55 am Stop # 3: Federal Plaza, corner of South Dearborn Street and West Adams Street
12:05 p.m. Stop # 4: St. Peter’s Church, 110 W. Madison St.
1 p.m. Immigration Reform Press Conference, Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St.
Since May 2005, the Archdiocese of Chicago with its bishops, priests and religious congregations has been a voice for immigrants through the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform. The campaign was launched by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to educate Catholics and the public on the need for comprehensive immigration reform and to encourage legislation for a permanent and just solution to immigration problems. in this country.
For more information on the posada, please visit https://pvm.archchicago.org/xvi-annual-posada.