We Must Speak Up!

Sisters Home Visitors of Mary were proud to host a gathering of Faith In Detroit on Saturday, October 6.  Faith in Detroit is a group of Detroit-area religious women who meet periodically to discuss U.S. national issues through the lenses of social justice.   Fifteen women from varied Detroit-area Catholic orders met in the great room at the SHVM convent.

As followers of Jesus, Faith in Detroit is committed to listen to the concerns of Detroiters, especially those suffering from unjust circumstances, to participate in neighborhood and citywide actions to affect positive social and environmental change, and to collaborate with other groups committed to the empowerment of people and to systemic change for the common good.

The meeting focused on “A Soul-Searching Time as a Nation” by Sr. Nancy Sylvester, IHM, and related writings.   “We are in a precarious time as a nation.  We cannot be silent.”  Critical injustices cry out for attention:  racial injustice, immigration & humanitarian issues, gun control, gender justice, and the shameful inequality of wealth and power.

See:

A Soul-Searching Time as a Nation

This Is How Democracies Die

Refounding Our Church

The Sisters’ voiced not only rational analysis and study, but also heartfelt opinions and emotions, starting with lament for the present but ending with hope for the future.   All agreed that “We Must Speak” is the key to piercing the callus of indifference to the plights of those who suffer.  Speak up to those you know.  Speak to those who you perhaps don’t know so well.  Speak to those who may see things differently from you.  Speak in places and on platforms that are new to you.  We cannot be silent.  Speak.

Outrageous & cruel border policy. Donde esta mi mamá?

Donde esta mi mamá?  Mi papa?

The current U.S. administration has adopted a policy of literally ripping children from the arms of their parents and putting them in fenced enclosures at the southern U.S. border.    Heartbreaking cries of Where Is “Mi mamá” and “Mi papa” are heard around the world on TV news and internet videos.

Contrary to every sense of human compassion and contrary to the expressed pleas of His Holiness Pope Francis, the Trump administration insists that this cruel practice is both acceptable and necessary.  Sisters, HVM disagrees.  Sisters HVM believes that a spirit of compassion should guide the actions of nations just as it should guide the actions of each of us, the individual children of God.

See recent local newspaper coverage of this issue at: Detroit Free Press.

See recent Sisters Home Visitors of Mary posts at:

March 13 post:  Many Journeys One Family

January 13 post:  Welcome Protect and Integrate Migrants

January 1 post  Migrants and Refugees;  Pope’s World Day of Peace message

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis himself on World Day of Peace

Subscribe to Michigan Immigrant Rights Center weekly newsletter at https://michiganimmigrant.org/miblog near bottom of the page. 

 

Heroine of Child Foster Care

Mrs. Karen Liverman

A rapt audience at Sisters Home Visitors of Mary convent on Sunday, April 15, listened intently to the experiences and knowledge of Mrs. Karen Liverman speaking on the topic of Foster Care and Early Childhood education in Michigan.   Mrs. Liverman is a compassionate and dedicated educator with an extensive background in child welfare issues.   She and her husband, Dr. William E. Liverman, are the proud parents of ten children, seven of whom are special needs, adopted after being placed in their foster care. 

 

 

 

At the conclusion of Mrs. Liverman’s talk, Sr. Rosemarie was moved to comment how lucky the listeners were to be in the presence of a walking Saint.    

 

Foster care identifies and places children in safe homes when they cannot remain with their families because of concerns for the safety of the child.   The foster families provide these children with the consistency and critical support they need to grow. 

Nearly 13,000 children are in foster care in Michigan and 300 children still need an adoptive family.   Click here >>> Michigan foster care website <<< to learn more on how to become involved in foster care.

 

Loretta Deloach

Jenny Carroll

Dorothy Buckman and Mrs. Liverman

Sr. Elizabeth Harris

Sr. Barbara and Mrs. Bea Cochran

Linda Franklin

Sr. Chiomi at serving table

Melissa Belevender

Thelma Wilson and Sr. Fiorentina

Sr. Rosemarie and Diane Anderson

Granddaughters of Mrs. Dorothy Buckman

Granddaughter of Mrs. Dorothy Buckman

Entranceway view

Chappel view

Happy Easter!

Alleluia! Alleluia ! Alleluia!

Each Sunday we are called to pause and celebrate the rising of the SON along with our own rising as sons and daughters.  In the Breaking of the Bread, we enter the Mystery of the dying and rising and we open ourselves to being bonded in love to our God and to each other. 

The many symbols of life that we especially touch at this Easter Season (e.g., new clothes, Easter eggs, spring flowers, the Easter candle, water from the baptismal font) bring us hope.  And with hope engendered by the Spirit of love, we can go forth seeing, touching all with love – a love that welcomes and creates peace and joy for all.

Happy Easter!

 

Feb 22 Immigration Reflection Meeting

Many Journeys, One Family

 Forty people attended the Friends of Immigrants meeting sponsored by HVM at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral on February 22, to reflect on Pope Francis’ call to WELCOME, PROTECT and INTEGRATE migrants and victims of human trafficking.

Here are the groups’ action suggestions.  How many of these suggestions can you implement?

Speak at our own parishes and form committees to respond to immigrants and immigration issues.

Utilize empty parish houses, rectories, schools, etc.  Reach out to AOD on this.

Speak to our pastors about homilies regarding social just awareness, Catholic Social Teachings.

Have food, clothing and support drive to assist families left behind without assistance because of deportation.

Contact Lourdes Fonseca to help families suffering because of deportations. Run parish drives for this.

Pray in our parishes daily and weekly specifically for refugees.

Stop living in fear.

Attend Clark Park weekly demonstration (Fri.3:45-4:45).

Reach out to undocumented/documented immigrant families and inform them with a sheet or card of important contact numbers for assistance for basic survival needs which include spiritual, food, shelter, clothing, legal needs and education, etc.  (Know the neighborhood).  Provide families with maps and mark location of agencies/support resources.

Assistance to immigrants: food, money for utilities, visit.

Are there simple ways to help pro-bono lawyers so they can help more families?

Invite “Stranger No Longer” to talk at parishes, groups, etc.  Contact Bill O’Brien for parish program.

Sacred Heart Major Seminary needs to include understanding of the Pope’s message and plea regarding immigration.

Pray for families.  Prayer. Lord, bless the work of our hands.

Translate for people.

Provide transportation as needed to doctors, court, etc.  Accompany people.

Help them find a church where they can attend, may be in their lst language.

Support English as Second Language programs for children and adults.  (MI underfunded area.)

Get real information about immigration.

Make sure we know our neighbors.

Welcome, Protect and Integrate Migrants

Aligning with Pope Frances’ support of those caught in the trauma of fleeing their homes seeking safe life for their families, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious denounced the Trump administration’s handling of our brothers and sisters from El Savador already in the US in temporary immigration status.  And the Sisters Home Visitors of Mary will be hosting a meeting at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral on Thursday, February 22, on how to better Welcome, Protect and Integrate Migrants and Victims of Human Trafficking.   See both below.

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LCWR Denounces the Administrations’ Decision to Rescind TPS for Salvadorans

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious strongly denounces the cruel decision by the Trump administration to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 200,000 Salvadorans. El Salvador is the fourth country whose citizens have been stripped of their right to protection by President Trump’s administration. Rescinding TPS from human beings under continuing threat of violence of all types is inconsistent with the values and traditions of this nation and with our belief in the dignity of all persons.

The TPS program is designed to protect people from being returned to harm. That is precisely what Salvadorans will face if they are deported. El Salvador is the most violent country in the Western Hemisphere and continues to suffer from endemic poverty, lack of access to quality education and healthcare.

TPS holders are our neighbors and friends. They have been have been contributing members of our communities for decades. Rescinding TPS protection for citizens of El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan and threatening Hondurans with the same, places us all at risk. Ending their protection will tear families apart, fragment our communities, and disrupt local economies. 

Catholic sisters will continue to heed the scriptural command to welcome the stranger and care for those in need. We urge the Trump administration to reconsider its decisions and we call on Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to develop legislative solutions to protect vulnerable people.

January 9, 2018

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Many Journeys, One Family

 COME – Reflect on Pope Francis’ Call to

Welcome, Protect, Integrate Migrants  and

 Victims of human trafficking.

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

  6:00-8:00 p.m.

  light supper available.

 Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Meeting Room

Use Cathedral Parking lot and enter at office door.

At this time of global displacement, we need listen to our Catholic calling, respect human dignity, and act justly.

On September 27, Pope Francis launched a 2 yr campaign to raise awareness of Church teaching on migration and support our brothers and sisters who have fled their homes seeking a safe life for their families.

Meeting Sponsored by: Sisters, Home Visitors of Mary.  Friends of Immigrants Committee

To register:  email homevisitors@att.net or phone 313 869-2160

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