Praying for . . . Immigrants and Refugees
Creator of the universe, as we observe the pathways of migration in various countries, at this historical moment, in your mercy grant us:
A pure heart to see the persons who are immigrants.
A humble heart to hear their cry for freedom.
A heart of love to recognize them as our brothers and sisters.
A heart of generosity that we offer sanctuary in our homeland.
A heart of justice to eliminate violence and oppression that causes unnecessary suffering.
A heart of faith to respect the dignity of the dear neighbor without distinction.
A heart of compassion to realize that we need each other to create a peaceful world.
A heart of acceptance as one holy, universal family.
Creator God, being in your presence, we ask to receive, we seek to find, we hope to discover that the pathways of migration will be paved with certainty, as we harbor all who seek refuge in our homeland and beyond. Under your guidance we can make a difference in the world.
– Sister Patti Rossi
Serving our Immigrant and Refugee Neighbors
In 1981, our Sisters opened their convent doors in Baden and welcomed 32 Cambodian refugees. They were to stay temporarily – for 10 days.
As the short visit grew to four months, the Sisters mustered their skills and, undaunted, met the unexpected challenge. They housed, clothed, educated and fed the refugees; they helped them to feel safe and comfortable in a new “home” and a strange country.
Over the years, we also have reached out to migrant farm workers, and Haitian and Vietnamese families, ministered to the Korean Catholic community, and educated thousands of children of immigrant families.
Today, Casa San José, which was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 2013, is now an independent non-profit organization where Sisters continue to serve. The community resource center advocates for and empowers Latinos by promoting integration and self-sufficiency.
In response to an evolving and critical need to serve an increasing Latino population in the region, Casa San José has experienced major growth in organizational structure, services, and public attention.