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Diocese of San José Hosts Vigil for Migrants at the Border


On September 4, the Diocese held a Vigil for Migrants killed at the border. More than 540 people attended the Vigil at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Father Gerardo Menchaca, Pastor, and Father Robert Brocato, Parochial Vicar, assisted in leading the Vigil.

The Vigil was sponsored by the Diocese’s Office for Life, Justice & Peace. It was held in solidarity with the migrants who have died attempting to cross the border between the US and Mexico.

Among the featured immigration organizations (and their representatives in attendance) were: Tom Morman, Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Chief Advisor; Jeremy Barousse, Services Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN); Chava Bustamante, Latinos United for a New America (LUNA); Sister Teresa Navarro, Casa de Clara; and Maria Marroquin, Day Worker Center of Mountain View.

The honored community representatives in attendance were: Father Leonardo Rocha, Holy Cross Parish; Father Jon Pedigo, Catholic Charities; Tim O’Rourke, CCHD Advisor, Restorative Justice volunteer; Andrew Lanier, Catholic Worker; and representatives from the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

For additional photos and information, visit www.dsj.org/evangelization/social-ministries/migrants-and-refugees.