I Was a Stranger: New York Activists Stage a Lenten Action for Sanctuary

Every Friday in Lent, a group of activists has stood outside of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan with a large banner reading “When did we see you a stranger and make you feel welcome?” The line is from Matthew 25, and the activists have also chosen Matthew 25 as their alias. The strangers being referred to in this action are the many undocumented Americans being targeted by the Trump administration.

Read the rest of Kaya’s article for Religion Dispatches here.


CWS member Kaya Oakes is the author of four books, including The Nones Are Alright: A New Generation of Seekers, Believers, and Those In Between (Orbis Books, 2015), and Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church (Counterpoint, 2012). She is a contributing writer at Religion Dispatches, America, Commonweal, Religion News Service, and many other publications. She teaches writing at UC Berkeley.