We invite all members of the Marianist Family into a process of sharing, reflection, prayer and action leading toward greater immigrant justice. We hope that through our work, our Marianist Family may operate as a part of the Body of Christ that is free from the constructs of racial and immigrant injustice.

Our Mission

Immigrant Justice Issue Team 

Advocating for just treatment for all migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

A number of Marianist-connected people have indicated interest in getting timely information about immigration issues. The Immigration team has created an e-news publication which provides monthly inspiration, education and opportunities for action to its readers. Sign up for the Immigration Update monthly newsletter!

Monthly "Immigration Update" Email

Connecting the Marianist Family to Experiences with Immigrants

Annual Solidarity Vigil 

Advocating for passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation on a national level

Monthly "Immigration Update" Email

Immigration Dialogue Event

The Marianist Family adopted a position statement in 2010 that indicated our support for a comprehensive rather than piecemeal approach to dealing with our broken immigration system. While the current political climate makes passage of such legislation very difficult, we remain committed to this approach as the most effective way of addressing the injustices that immigrants face. Please find the entire ‘Marianist Statement on Immigrant Reform’ in the resources section below.

Advocating for passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation on a national level

Connecting the Marianist Family to Experiences with Immigrants

Annual Solidarity Vigil 

Monthly “Immigration Update” 

Advocating for passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation on a national level

Immigration Dialogue Event

Each year on Ash Wednesday, team members join First Friends of New Jersey and Pax Christi at a vigil outside the immigrant detention facility in Elizabeth, NJ.

Annual Solidarity Vigil 

Connecting the Marianist Family to Experiences with Immigrants

Annual Solidarity Vigil 

Monthly “Immigration Update” 

Advocating for passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation on a national level

Immigration Dialogue Event

In the past, the team has sponsored a trip to the Mexican border and is currently promoting trips that other groups are sponsoring. The team has also sponsored a “Come to the Table” multicultural dinner that included immigrants and refugees from many different countries.

Connecting the Marianist Family to Experiences with Immigrants

Connecting the Marianist Family to Experiences with Immigrants

Annual Solidarity Vigil 

Monthly “Immigration Update” 

Advocating for passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation on a national level

Immigration Dialogue Event

The MSJC Immigrant Justice Team partnered with Campus Ministry to facilitate a discussion in the Dialogue Zone at the University of Dayton on October 18, 2019. The discussion was prompted by passing out descriptions of three different positions on what action should be taken regarding the immigration issue in the United States. These issue guides came from the Kettering Foundation. Small groups of students discussed their views and then they participated in a large group discussion. The Immigrant Justice Issue Team found this dialogue to be successful and are hoping to have more in the future! Please let us know if your community, organization, or school would like to learn more about having an imigration dialogue event.

Immigration Dialogue Event

Connecting the Marianist Family to Experiences with Immigrants

Annual Solidarity Vigil 

Monthly “Immigration Update” 

Advocating for passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation on a national level

Immigration Dialogue Event

Our Current Projects

Mary, along with Joseph and Jesus, were refugees themselves, fleeing possible death at the hands of King Herod. The Church has named Mary the mother of immigrants and refugees. In addition, Mary proclaims in her Magnificat that God favors the poor and marginalized. So, we in the Marianist Family, who have a special relationship to Mary, are called to stand with those who are forced to immigrate.

We are also a Family that emphasizes inclusion. We believe that we grow as people the more we embrace diversity. 

Why is the Marianist Family called to work on this issue?

This commitment to inclusivity challenges us today to be advocates for immigrants who may be different from us, but also bring a richness to our lives.

All too often today, the antagonism shown toward immigrants is a reflection of a subtle, and sometimes not too subtle, racism. The Marianist Family has committed to ridding itself of racism and so we must stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters who are the victims of racism.

Interest form

Any interest in learning more about or joining this issue team?