Vigils and Courtwatch

Every Second Tuesday, 7:30-8:30 AM

On the second Tuesday of every month, ICOM hosts a prayer vigil at the Whipple Federal Building at Fort Snelling, the regional ICE headquarters for a five-state area and the site of both immigrant detention facilities and an immigration court.

People of any faith and no particular faith are invited to join in an hour of prayer and song, hosted by a rotating cast of faith communities and social justice groups. Guest speakers provide attendees with concrete opportunities to show solidarity with detainees and to oppose inhumane detention practices.

After each vigil, ICOM invites attendees to join in observing immigration court proceedings — a powerful opportunity to witness how the deportation system works. ICOM’s courtwatch is unique in that it can also lead directly to helping detainees and their families. If you’d like to help organize an upcoming vigil or want to lend your voice, music, or other skills, don’t hesitate to reach out!

This Month

  • December 2023 Vigil

    “Accompaniment: Advent Points to Seeking Refuge and Engaged Waiting” Our vigil this month is hosted by the St Joan of Arc Community’s ministry of  “Welcome the Stranger”. The focus will be on the call to Accompaniment. Advent is a time of active waiting while also pondering what it is like to be seeking refuge. Meister Eckart,…

Past Vigils

  • November 2023 Vigil

    Speakers include members of Plymouth Congregational Church and ICOM. Join us in person or online as we stand up for immigrant families and neighbors. We will…

  • October 2023 Vigil

    We welcome you to our vigil in October. Our presenters will be Cheryl Behrent, director of Sarah’s, an Oasis for Women, and Sara Adams, ICOM’s…

  • September 2023 Vigil

    Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, St. Paul, is pleased to host the September ICOM Vigil for immigrant justice.  Gloria Dei is a caring, healing, and welcoming…