HOUSTON - The Dominican Sisters of Houston and Dominican Family have organized
an around-the-clock vigil at the site of the proposed child detention facility
just east of downtown Houston (EaDo). The facility is only necessary because of
recent extreme changes in our nation’s immigration policies. The short lived
family separation policy resulted in over 2,000 children forcibly taken from
their families with no clear plan how they will be reunited. The newest
executive order now opens the door to the indefinite detention of children
along with their families. These policies have created a moral crisis. Ordained
and lay people of many different faith backgrounds have already committed to
participate in the vigil until they can be assured that the facility will not
serve as another piece in the infrastructure of cruelty.
Judy McCullough, current leader of the Dominican Family, stated:
“As Dominicans we are called to preach. Preaching in this case means inviting
people of faith and goodwill from all backgrounds to come together to call out
a terrible crisis that stirs our conscience. We are pleased to help facilitate
this opportunity for Houstonians to bear witness. It is our hope that no new
facilities get built that will lock up people seeking a better life in our
We, the Houston Dominican Sisters, publicly commit ourselves to study and
address the crucial justice issues of our times. We assume the risks
inherent in preaching and teaching the Gospel. We will work to transform social
structures which oppress the powerless, ministering with them in our common
struggle to remain faithful to the Word of God.
Dominican Family Mission Statement: We, members of the Dominican Family are
called to embody the Dominican charism, seek Truth, preach the word of God, and
promote the dignity of all persons. As part of the global Dominican Family we
commit ourselves to lives rooted in prayer, study, community and preaching.
Through our gifts of diversity, we strive to grow together as co-creators of
justice and peace.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACTS: John Chapa Gorczynski (Dominican Family)
Sister Ceil Roeger (Dominican Sisters of Houston)
Judy McCullough (Dominican Family)