Border Connections: An Immersion in Minnesota’s Immigrant Communities

St. Joan of Arc Welcome the Stranger Ministry invites you to: 

Border Connections An Immersion in Minnesota’s Immigrant Communities

August 18-21

Sunday, August 18: Stories from the border…Following the 11am mass, join us in the parish center Upper Room for a few stories from our SJA border delegations and an intro to the rest of our days together. No rsvp needed.

Monday, August 19: 

  •     A morning visit to Sarah’s…An Oasis for Women, a place of home and safety for a diverse community of women from around the world. Operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. 10 people maximum; sign up after mass in the Welcome Center. 
  •     An afternoon presentation by the Advocates for Human Rights, a globally recognized organization that provides crucial legal representation and other services to asylees, refugees and immigrants, of the work they do and the asylum and court process.There 20 people maximum; sign up after mass in the Welcome Center.

Tuesday, August 20: 

  •     Afternoon observe a court proceeding and participate in the Court Observer Program.  Debriefing after (optional). 6 person maximum; sign up after mass in the Welcome Center.
  •     In the evening, there will be a social with Open Door Northside, where adults from many nations – many of them preparing for citizenship exams – study English as a Second Language.  We will meet with a group of adult students to practice conversation with them and hear their experiences first-hand. 20 person maximum; sign up after mass in the Welcome Center. 

Wednesday, August 21:

  •   An evening community meal at 6pm in Hospitality Hall with prayer, discussion and action steps.  There will be fantastic food provided by Manos a la Obra, a catering company owned and operated by women from Central America.  RSVP after mass in the Welcome Center or call the parish center front desk at 612.823.8205 by August 14.  

The crisis in immigrant communities is not confined to the border. Undocumented families in the Twin Cities live in great fear of detention and deportation. The hatred aimed at black and brown immigrants is horrifying and is increasing. We will do everything in our power to counter that hatred, to ensure comprehensive immigrant reform, and to honor and love our migrant brothers and sisters, who experience great challenges and also great successes in our community. 

This is an opportunity for you to learn from and stand in solidarity with immigrants, and to meet with organizations working to smooth the way for newcomers to our state.

Our Welcome the Stranger ministry is proud to partner with Sarah’s…An Oasis for Women, the Advocates for Human Rights, and Open Door Northside. All of these organizations have been recipients of Justice Grants from the St. Joan of Arc Outreach Fund.

FFI on these events, please contact Julie Madden at 612.823.8205×228 or


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