BVMs Unite With Others in ‘A Call to Compassion’


The Sisters of Charity, BVM and other co-sponsors in Dubuque, Iowa, will offer the presentation, “Immigrant Families Under Fire—A Call to Compassion in the Heartland” at 7 p.m. on March 30 in the Marie Graber Ballroom, Loras College. The event is free and open to the public.

Award-winning journalist and author Margaret Regan will share the heart-rending stories of people caught in the chaos of the U.S. immigration system.

One of Regan’s books, Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire (2015) investigates the fate of undocumented immigrants who are taken away from their families, incarcerated in detention centers, or deported back across the border.

Another book, The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands (2010), chronicles the tragic deaths of migrants in the desert. Both books are named Top Picks in the Southwest Books of the Year competition, and have been adopted in many university classrooms.

“With great anticipation I look forward to welcoming Margaret Regan,” says Mary McCauley, BVM (Mercedie). “Ever since experiencing the heartache and injustice suffered by so many men, women and children at the time of the infamous workplace raid at Agriprocessors in Postville, Iowa, in 2008, I have been convinced that the first step in transforming our immigration system is to transform hearts.”

Regan’s appearance is sponsored by Crossing Borders—Dubuque, a group of concerned citizens, including McCauley and other BVMs, who works to raise awareness of injustices experienced by immigrants and advocates on their behalf. McCauley asks, “What better way to transform hearts than to share the stories of those directly affected by our current immigration system? What better way to set our hearts on fire!”

Area co-sponsors include: Catholic Charities, Church of the Resurrection, Clarke University, Community Foundation of Dubuque, Dubuque for Refugee Families, Loras College, Nativity Church, Gwen Nilles, Father Jack Paisley, St. Raphael Cathedral, St. Patrick Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church Key West, Sinsinawa Dominicans, Sisters of the Presentation, Sisters of St. Francis, Sisters of the Visitation, and Sisters of Charity, BVM.

Regan’s books will be available at the event and at River Lights Bookstore.

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Post date 3.1.17