Again, as in years past, Cristo Rey St. Martin students re-enacted Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem – traveling from place to place seeking rest and shelter. Posada is a centuries-old tradition celebrated throughout Mexico, Guatemala and migrant communities in the United States.
CRSM participated in Posada in two ways this year. At 7am on December 14th, a group of CRSM students met outside the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Center to attend the Archdiocese of Chicago’s annual Posada celebration.
Hosted by The Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity-Immigration Ministry, the Archdiocese’s event included stops at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, DePaul University, Federal Plaza and St. Peter Church in the Loop. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago spoke about this year’s event, “The Posada tradition celebrates the importance of hospitality and welcoming others with joyful hearts, especially our immigrant brothers and sisters fleeing persecution and danger in their homelands.”
The Chicago Tribune was there reporting the event. Jim Dippold, directed Campus Ministry’s participation in the event and described the activities, “Each stop included special prayers, songs and reflections offered in solidarity with our immigrant sisters and brothers who are seeking legislative posada, or shelter.”
That same evening, CRSM faculty member and National Hispanic Honor Society Advisor, Patricia Ferrer organized the second Posada celebration of the day. Beginning with prayers, students representing the Holy Family led a candlelight procession visiting a series of doorways, singing songs and asking for lodging. Each time they were refused until the “travelers” were finally permitted to enter the last door. Songs continued as one hundred and twenty students, children, parents and grandparents passed through the doorway to sit down for a dinner together. The last traditional event of the evening? The children and a star-shaped piñata.