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St. Ignatius solidarity ‘sleep-in’ highlights migrants’ plight

Jesuit Father Greg Bonfiglio, pastor of St. Ignatius Parish in San Francisco, presided at an Oct. 12 Mass during a parish day of solidarity for migrant families. The day included a “sleep-in” on church pews to bring home the hardships migrants to the U.S. face on their northbound journey. (Photo courtesy Maura Yepez, St. Ignatius) Lorena Rojas San Francisco Católico Amy Stewart knows very well what solidarity means. She and a group of St. Ignatius parishioners in San Francisco are working to shield a group of families from El Salvador from the ravages of migration, family separation and cultural uprooting. Stewart is a volunteer with Las Vecinas de El Salvador (Neighbors of El Salvador), a parish social ministries group committed to helping San Antonio parish in Soyapango, San Salvador, its sister parish. The group raises funds to support parish ministries and social work training and also helps with education grants, job training and computers. “Unemployment is very high over there,” Stewart said. “Strengthening the economies of impoverished communities in Latin America can reduce the need for residents to migrant to the United States.” Above all, and from a Jesuit viewpoint, the group wants to be able to “help people improve their lives there in their country, where they want to be,” Stewart said. Stewart participated in a Mass and Solidarity Sleep-In for migrant families on Oct. 12, at St. Ignatius Church. The all-night event was organized by Jesuit Father Travis Russell, associate pastor, to draw attention to the families […]

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