The Sisters and brothers of immigrants was founded in January 2007 in the greater metropolitan Chicago area by Catholic Sisters. The original collaboration centered on the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform initiatives coupled with volunteer members of congregations of women religious. The group chose to expand membership in ever widening circles, to associate members of religious congregations, to religious brothers, and to all those committed to justice for immigrants.


As sisters and brothers of immigrants, we reverence the dignity of each person, and each person’s fundamental right to life – food, shelter and clothing, employment, health care, and education.  Therefore, we recognize an urgent duty and challenge to stand in solidarity with immigrants.

We commit ourselves to unite with the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform to SBI sisters with bannerbecome a powerful collective voice seeking justice for immigrants.  We commit ourselves to call forth government’s responsibility to promote human dignity, to protect human rights, and to build the common good.

We do this in response to the Gospel call and in our belief in the shared strength of all people of good will.

What We Do

Here is a sample of what we, the Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants, do...

Pastoral Care

Provide pastoral care at McHenry Detention Center supporting detainees. (Article)

Pray on buses with deportees as they leave the Broadview Detention Center for O'Hare Airport.

Provide support of Ministry Centers operated by women and men religious in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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Ministry of Advocacy

Meet with Senators and Representatives at a local, state, and national level to discuss various immigration issues.

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Ministry of Action

Since March of 2012, the Sisters and Brothers hold a monthly public witness at various locations throughout Chicago to call attention to immigration issues and reform.


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More Information

For more information on the Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants, including how to join, visit our website at www.sistersandbrothersofimmigrants.org, see our brochure, or contact Kathy Murtha at kathleen4052@comcast.net.


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"May our faith, our hope, and our desire to live compassionately encourage others to be compassionate, until our world is filled with compassionate people, filled with people who have God's compassionate heart pulsing through them." ~Sr. JoAnn Persch, RSM