Courtesy Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
Holy Names Sister Doloreen Basick with students at St. Mary’s Academy in 1965. The Sisters of the Holy Names have made a commitment to enter into solidarity with migrants and refugees.

Courtesy Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary

Holy Names Sister Doloreen Basick with students at St. Mary’s Academy in 1965. The Sisters of the Holy Names have made a commitment to enter into solidarity with migrants and refugees.

The Sisters of the Holy Names have made a commitment to enter into solidarity with migrants and refugees. In what they call a “corporate stand,” the sisters prayed and voted on the statement, which is meant to guide ministries, events and public advocacy.

The Holy Names Sisters, who founded St. Mary’s Academy in 1859, serve in the United States, Canada, Peru, Brazil and Lesotho.

“The corporate stand represents a commitment to unite with others in response to the ongoing world crisis of human migration and strong anti-immigrant bias,” says a statement from the sisters. 

“Members of the SNJM community have long supported immigrants through public actions such as vigils, marches and letter-writing campaigns, as well as countless quiet acts of solidarity and hospitality toward refugee families and individuals. Our corporate stand will give new impetus to these actions,” said Sister Maureen Delaney, provincial of the U.S.-Ontario Province.

The sisters previously have taken corporate stands against human trafficking in 2004 and in favor of access to clean water in 2008.