A Decade Later

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The New Sanctuary Movement (NSM) of Voces de la Frontera in Milwaukee is partying, celebrating 10 years since its foundation. Just three days after beginning my ministry at Voces, on September 9 over 50 friends gathered together to mark the 10th anniversary of the movement.

It’s beautiful to see how people from different countries, cultures and religious beliefs unite to defend and protect the rights of immigrants. This deserves to be celebrated and recognized at this time when the rights of these people are being greatly affected. And what better way to celebrate this than with a table at the banquet.

In the mix of delicious food and great music, NSM recognized the contribution of its members and volunteers that have made it possible for the movement’s continued service to Wisconsin’s immigrants for the past decade. Among those recognized were the Cap Corp members, who have helped to build this program in the last 10 years, including Sam Singleton-Freeman who is still part of Voces’ staff.

A lot of immigrants have benefitted from the movement throughout the past decade. And our province should be proud of its influence within the movement, through the participation of Cap Corps, friars and postulants. I have been in this ministry for only a month now; however, I see how much the Capuchin family is appreciated and loved in NSM and Voces. So, this should be an occasion for us to celebrate as well.

I just hope and pray that God may bless me with the wisdom to continue that legacy the Capuchins have cultivated in Voces and among the amazing immigrants it serves. I pray for God’s guidance on how to contribute and support those who are persecuted only because they were born outside of the United States. I would like to invite you to also meditate on how you can contribute and support a solution for this issue within our communities and our country.