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Vicariate Masses to invite prayers for immigration, human trafficking causes

A public awareness poster at Catholic hospital in Florida calls attention to the problem of human trafficking. CNS file/Tom Tracy)

Noting that immigration and human trafficking are major concerns not just for the United States but around the world, the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women is inviting the Catholic community to come together in prayer. Masses have been scheduled in each of the 12 vicariates of the diocese and will be offered through next […]

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What the heart sees — a local Maryknoll Lay Missioner reflects on immigration

Honduran migrant Luis Acosta carries 5-year-old Angel Jesus through the Suchiate River near Tapachula, Mexico, Oct. 29, 2018. During her years in Africa as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner, Dr. Susan Nagele of Urbana witnessed the misery and destitution of people on the move, (CNS/Adrees Latif, Reuters)

By Dr. Susan Nagele EDITOR’S NOTE:  Dr. Nagele is a member of St. Patrick Parish in Urbana and a Maryknoll Lay Missioner who served for more than three decades in East Africa. In the following column, she connects her experiences with immigration problems currently being experienced on the U.S. border with Mexico. Dark eyes squinted […]

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Benedictines host interfaith prayer service to ‘Keep Todas Familias Together’

Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB, prioress of St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island (second from left), and guests are silent as the monastery bell tolls, calling them "in sadness to stand in solidarity with our suffering brothers and sisters" as an interfaith prayer service begins July 14. Sister Mary Core, OSB, (at left) serves as the master of ceremonies. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ROCK ISLAND — With joined hearts and voices, the Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery and 60 women, men and children prayed last Saturday morning for the families that have been separated at the U.S. border and all those “who have fled their homes seeking freedom, employment, justice and peace.” “As we pray today for […]

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Rock Island Benedictines plan prayer service for families separated at border

St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island.

ROCK ISLAND — Concerned for the children separated from their families at the U.S. border and the effect this will have on all concerned for years to come, the Sisters of St. Benedict of St. Mary Monastery are inviting people to join them in asking God for guidance this Saturday, July 14, at “Keep Todas […]

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