Observance of National Migration Week in Chicago began with Mass at Holy Name Cathedral celebrated by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich.
The liturgy’s theme, “Many Journeys, One Family,” responds to Pope Francis’ call for Catholics to be involved in the welcome, protection and integration of migrants and refugees worldwide and to stand in solidarity with them in departure, transit, arrival or return.
A number of Cabrini Retreat Center Kairos alumni spent the past week in pilgrimage doing just that at the US/ Mexico border. These college students traveled with the Viatorian Community, along with Fr. Cory Brost, who is the Co-Director of the Viator House of Hospitality, a safe home for young immigrant men seeking asylum in the United States.
Jason Wilhite, a Cabrini Kairos alum participated and reflected on four key themes: Humanize, Accompany, Complicate and Christianize. “The four themes were the lenses through which we were asked to view every experience. We need to understand migration is a complex issue and hearing every voice is the only way to come to common understanding and real change.”
Listening and accompanying those at the border was a rich experience and included conversations with migrants, those ministering at the border as well as border guards. They reflected on the call of Pope Francis as well as many of the issues that impact migration including human trafficking and drug cartels. Jason expressed his gratitude that the Cabrini Retreat Center continues to stay connected and supports the migrant journey.