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Sacred Steps: Two Fearless Nuns Are Determined To Help Detained Immigrants

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Heidi Shin
Catholic Sisters Joann Persch and Pat Murphy, age 85 and 90, were arrested in Washington DC for their protest against conditions in federal ICE detention facilities.

In this story from The Spiritual Edge, we meet two Catholic nuns who, after decades of work with immigrant detainees, still aren’t slowing down. Sisters JoAnn Persch and Pat Murphy say their age — one is 85, the other is 90 — is irrelevant when there is so much need. They attend rallies and prayer vigils, meet with immigrants in detention centers — and when they see an opportunity, press for legislation that will bring more humanity to a system where it can be lacking.

Sacred Steps is made in collaboration with the Center for Religion and Civic Culture. Funding comes from the John Templeton Foundation and the Templeton Religion Trust.