Letter from the Jesuits on the Trump Administration’s Rescission of DACA
We write on this difficult day to remind you of God’s love
for you and to tell you that you are not alone. Across the U.S., Dreamers like
yourself have graced classrooms in Jesuit schools — from the smallest among you
to those now earning advanced degrees. You came to us for an education, you
came for pastoral and spiritual guidance, and we welcomed you — not because of
your nationality — but because you are our brothers and sisters in Christ. No
government can tear that sacred bond.
While you and the estimated 750,000 among you are called “Dreamers,”
you have helped us dream too. Because of your example, Jesuits and thousands of
lay educators at our schools across the U.S. have dreamed of new possibilities
for young people like yourselves who have, in all too many cases, fled
violence, poverty and despair.
We call upon Congress to act without delay in enacting a
lasting solution, but more than ever, we commit ourselves to living out God’s
law, which calls on us to love the stranger, remembering that our ancestors in
faith were once strangers in a foreign land.
States is a great country because it is a land of opportunity, family values
and compassion. Throughout our history, we have given newcomers the opportunity
to work hard and be successful, to our country’s substantial benefit. We have
also placed a high premium on the integrity of the family unit. The Jesuits, along with the Catholic Bishops, lay
educators and thousands of others have raised their voices in support of comprehensive immigration reform,
including the protection of DACA and the Dreamers, and we are not going to give
up. Together we recognize and seek to honor your dignity. Today and in the
challenging weeks and months to come, we will continue to strive toward a
fuller realization of your rights.
that you are in our prayers and that we continue to share in your dreams.
Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States
Jan. 9, 2018 - Dr. Thomas de Quesada, current Dean of Men at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami, Florida, has been named the next principal of Fairfield Prep. Dr. de Quesada will assume this new role on July 1, 2018.
In his first video of 2018, Pope Francis spoke on his January intention, religious minorities in Asia. “Let us pray for all of them so that Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practice their faith in full freedom.”
Jan. 2, 2018 - Fr. Edward F. Howard, SJ, was called to eternal life on Dec. 24, 2017. He was born on May 25, 1932, entered the Society of Jesus at Shadowbrook, Lenox, Mass., on Sept. 7, 1951, and was ordained on June 11, 1966, at Weston College, Weston, Mass. He pronounced his final vows on Aug. 14, 1990.
Jan. 2, 2018 - Fr. William D. Ibach, SJ, was called to eternal life on Dec. 24, 2017. He was born on Feb. 20, 1929, entered the Society of Jesus at Shadowbrook, Lenox, Mass., on July 30, 1946, and was ordained on June 13, 1959, at Weston College, Weston, Mass. He pronounced his final vows on Nov. 5, 1980.
Dec. 21, 2017 - A 2017 graduate of Saint Peter’s University was one of seven DACA recipients arrested at the offices of Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), last Friday while calling on the Congress members to act on their promises to support the situation of Dreamers through Congressional action.