Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Our Journey of Faith, Our Immigrant Roots

Banners from Rosary High School could be seen from a distance as students and faculty joined with others from the Diocese of Orange, L.A. and San Bernardino in a procession from St. Angela Merici Catholic Church to Ed Royce’s office on Birch Street in Brea on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.   

Strains of “All Are Welcome” could be heard as the groups passed shops and businesses along Brea Boulevard heading toward the Birch Street Promenade.  Leading the procession was Bishop Vann and many members of religious communities.  

The procession was a call and an invitation for compassionate and just immigrant reforms. Mr. Terry Reinbold and his photography students were on hand to take pictures of the event.  Many seniors from the Campus Ministry leadership class and the senior religion classes participated after hearing presentations in class inviting them to consider the question, "who is my neighbor?” 

Judy Nguyen '95, curriculum development specialist for educational technology, has a special connection to the march. "My 74 year-old mother participated in the procession last night. She was born in a small village in Mexico and entered the country illegally as a young woman looking for better opportunities than were available in her rural native home. She actually didn’t obtain legal residency until a few years after I was born. She shared with me that the walk was a very powerful experience for her and she was very appreciative that so many people of faith walked in solidarity for immigration reform."

Photos by Terry Reinbold 

A litany of call and response called out the names of all the parishes and schools who were participating and the evening concluded with the following prayer:

Blessed are you, Lord God,
King of all creation, through your goodness, we live in this land that you have so richly blessed.
Help us always to recognize that our blessings come from you
and remind us to share them with others,
especially those who come to us today from other lands
Helps us to be generous,  and just and welcoming
as you have been to us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.


“The stranger living with you must be treated as one of your native born.  Love them as yourself, for you were strangers in Egypt.”

Leviticus 19.34

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