Last year, Sister Simone Campbell made quite a splash on national television when she took her mission on the road. She went from around the nation, neighbourhood to neighbourhood, raising awareness about those among us who live in poverty, and she took her fight to congress when she brought attention to how their budget adversely impacts the most vulnerable in our society.
Sister Campbell said about the “Road to Prosperity” budget prepared by then Republican party Vice Presidential candidate, Ryan Ryan, “But the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops stated that the Ryan budget failed a basic moral test, because it would harm families living in poverty. We agree with our bishops, and that’s why we went on the road: to stand with struggling families and to lift up our Catholic sisters who serve them.” Well, the presidential election of 2012 has come and gone but the Sister’s mission continues.
This summer the Nuns have hit the road again; they began their journey from Ellis Island for a 6,500 mile, 15-state bus tour around comprehensive immigration reform. Their trek ends today near San Francisco’s Angel Island — with the purpose of being a stark reminder that this country was built by immigrants.
The Nuns say their goal, as congress debates comprehensive immigration reform, is to ensure that the nation moves forward with a policy that “respects the dignity of each individual, treats people fairly, and helps keep families together.”