Sisters offer prayer, welcome for immigrants

-A A +A
By Stephen Lega

The Sisters of Loretto hosted a prayer service May 8 in Lebanon to call attention to the plight of immigrants in the United States.

"We make this call in affirmation of our Catholic tradition that holds sacred the dignity of each person," one of the readings stated. "We also recognize our immigrant history established by the rich contributions of generations of immigrants and migrants."

Sr. Lupe Arciniega organized the prayer service, which was similar to one the sisters held April 26 in Louisville. Seventeen women from Bolivia joined members of the Loretto Community and the public at the service. The Sisters of Loretto founded a college in Bolivia 51 years ago.

Arciniega said the Loretto Community remains supportive of immigrants' rights.

"Everyone has a right to an education and to work," she said.

Arciniega added that Ackie George provided the sign for the sisters to put up their billboard near McDonald's in Lebanon.