Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will deliver remarks. Community leaders in Chicago and across the country will be recognized for their dedication to immigrants and immigration reform.
Chicago – (October 28, 2021) – The Archdiocese of Chicago Immigration Department will be hosting its ninth annual Keep Hope Alive Virtually Benefit at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 29, 2021. Keep Hope Alive is the annual fundraiser of the Archdiocese to support its local and national immigrant-led ministry Pastoral Migratoria, its Polish immigrant-to-immigrant ministry and to recognize community leaders who have responded to the needs of immigrant communities. The event can be found at https://youtu.be/Ir7SvyAXv4k.
“The transformative work of our ministry of Immigration and Pastoral Migratoria is essential to ‘expand us’, as the Holy Father has called us to do,” said Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago . “Being in fellowship in diversity is one of the most important things we can do as Christians. Keeping a mind and heart open to our immigrant brothers and sisters enriches our Church.
Cardinal Cupich will deliver remarks on the importance of lay immigrant leaders in parish communities in Chicago and the United States, highlighting the role of Pastoral Migratoria in the response to COVID-19, which has increased uncertainty and stress among immigrant and refugee communities.
Other speakers included Bob Reiter, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor and member of the Immigration Department’s advisory board; Jessica Martinez, lay leader of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Chicago; Elena Segura, principal coordinator of the archdiocese’s national immigration ministry and founder of Pastoral Migratoria; Bill Canny, executive director of migration and refugee services for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; Leyden Rovelo-Krull, director of the Hispanic Ministry Office of the Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph; Niurka Surejo Trejo, lay leader of Saint Anthony Padua parish in the Bronx, New York. The Rev. Rosendo Urrabazo, Provincial of the Claretian Province USA-Canada and member of the National Pastoral Migratoria Advisory Council, will offer the closing prayer.
Music will be provided by the Old St. Patrick’s Parish Choir in Chicago, world-renowned cellist Jill Kaeding, and Rich Daniels, saxophonist and music director of the City Lights Orchestra.
Community leaders to be recognized for their dedication to immigrants and immigration reform include:
- Colleen McHugh, Parishioner of Saint Clement Parish in Chicago – Journey to Emmaus Award
- Daniela Alulema, New York Center for Migration Studies – Frances Cabrini Prize
- Rev. Carl Quebedeaux, CMF, Claretian Missionaries – Award for all of his achievements
- Pastoral Ministries of Migratoria at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Chicago and St. Anthony of Padua, Bronx (New York) – Saint Toribio Romo Award
- Rev. Corey Brost, CSV, Viatorians – Strangers No Longer Award
- Bishop Bruce Lewandowski, C.Ss.R., Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore – Pope Francis Award
The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Immigration Department, Pastoral Migratoria, serves as a national model for supporting undocumented and documented immigrants and promotes the evangelical imperative for fellowship among all people, including immigrant communities and refugees. Pastoral Migratoria embodies the principles of service, justice and accompaniment in Catholic parish communities as a response to Pope Francis’ call to Fratelli Tutti to promote a universal “culture of encounter” and of charity where everyone can “live” , develop and flourish ”through“ the sincere gift of oneself to others.
Since May 2005, the Archdiocese of Chicago, its bishops, priests and religious congregations have given a voice to immigrants through the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform. The campaign was created by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to educate Catholics and the public on the need for comprehensive immigration reform and to influence legislation for a permanent and just solution to immigration problems in this country.
For more information on Keep Hope Alive, please visit https://pvm.archchicago.org/human-dignity-solidarity/immigration-ministry/keep-hope-alive.