This is the program we used in our “Vigil in Solidarity with Detained and Separated Immigrant Families” event that our Peace, Justice & Reconciliation Commission organized. The purpose was to challenge the Trump administration’s family separation policies and stand in solidarity with immigrant families and their basic rights to dignity and family unity.
In November, 2017, on the Feast of Christ the King, St. Ignatius Parish San Francisco declared itself, along with St. Agnes Parish, a Sanctuary Community. Fr. Greg Bonfiglio issued a pastoral letter that summarized the process and discernment that lead to that declaration.
St. Agnes and St. Ignatius parishes in San Francisco jointly declared their status as sanctuary parishes in November, 2017. St. Agnes had previously declared; the joint statement was a reflection of the decision to issue a joint statement by the two Jesuit parishes in San Francisco.
In response to what was happening to migrants and refugees in early 2017, St. Ignatius Parish embarked on a discernment process to answer one question: Will St. Ignatius Parish declare itself a sanctuary parish or not? This is a brief summary of that process.
More resources about Ignatian Dialogue.
Points for reflection for those working in Jesuit social justice ministries concerning dialogue.
St. Joe’s offered a five-week Racial Healing Circle utilizing the peacemaking circle process. This was a different way of talking about race and racism that is safe, preemptive and proactive; a way that was aimed at building strong relationships capable of holding the needed healing dialogues around race and racism. Each session was themed to give focus and attention to various aspects for racial healing (e.g., racial identity development, impacts of race and racism, implicit/unconscious racial bias, understanding racial privilege, and racial reconciliation). Racial healing has been described as a way of healing from the cumulative effects of racism —individual and societal— most likely caused by racial mis-education, separation, and disunity. This series culminated with various groups within the Parish developing action items to continue their work for racial justice throughout the St. Joseph Parish community. The process was facilitated by Dr. Pamela Taylor, a professor in the School of Education at Seattle University. For more information contact Dr. Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor Statement from John Whitney, S.J. at St. Joseph’s parish on family separation at the border.