Campaign for Hospitality
"Hospitality, which is one of the works of mercy, is revealed as a truly human and Christian virtue." - Pope Francis
Christian Life Communities at Loyola University Chicago is proud to partner with Ignatian Solidarity Network’s (ISN) "Campaign for Hospitality." The campaign aims to invite the Jesuit and broader Catholic network in the United States and Canada to get to know people in our countries with recent stories of migration. Campaign members will reflect on our common human dignity and values to create more welcoming communities and nations.
Recent Campaign Events:
- Welcoming One Another: A Conversation on Catholic Faith and Immigration
On Tuesday, February 27, over 50 members of CLC gathered together for "Welcoming One Another," an evening of conversation about the intersection on Catholic faith and immigration. Students were treated to a panel featuring special guests. Sr. Patricia Crowley, OSB, described her work accompanying young immigrant women through Bethany House of Hospitality, a ministry she founded in Chicago. Mike Tedone, SJ (’18), a Jesuit scholastic, spoke about his experiences accompanying migrants during his ministry with Kino Border Initiative. Gustavo Mendoza (’16) and Jose Torres (’00), who both work for the Archdiocese of Chicago, addressed the ways in which Catholic Social Teaching speaks to the lived reality of immigrants and immigration policy.
In typical CLC-style, this event didn’t focus on dictating a set of prescribed actions to participants; rather, they were invited to listen to the stories of their peers and the panelists, reflect, and discern how God is calling them to respond. Through hearing the stories of immigrants, Janey Knuth (’17) became more aware of her own privilege. She was challenged to consider how her faith calls her to be "with and for" immigrants. "As a sociology minor, my classes are all revolved around social injustice topics and the like," remarked Alyssa Panganiban (’19). "These conversations are consistently brought up, but I don't think my professors have ever related these discussions to faith. The event was very insightful." Meryl Gartner (’18) appreciated how the event showed "that in political and socially tense times people from different cultures and ethnicities can come together and have a honest conversation about faith and immigration."
- Via Crucis
The CLC community kicked off Holy Week 2018 by hosting its annual Via Crucis (bilingual stations of the cross service) on Monday, March 26. Around 100 participants joined the procession around campus to pray with and for migrants. At each station, they were led in prayer by members of the CLC community and a variety of other Loyola student organizations, and they reflected on the realities faced by immigrants and refugees. Participants prayed for the grace to see where Jesus' passion, death, and resurrection are taking place in the world around them. Following the service, many gathered in McCormick Lounge for a brief advocacy event. They learned how they could write to elected officials to advocate for compassionate immigration reform. Student leaders shared the story of Belsy Garcia, a student at Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine, and her father Felix, who was facing deportation. Students learned how they could advocate on behalf of the Garcia family.