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A Place in History

15 teachers, many immigrants to the US themselves, travel DC with the ALMA program.

Dual language teachers stand at the monument

On a breezy early summer day, a group of Latina teachers walking through Washington, DC, happened upon a life-size bronze sculpture of 140 migrants huddled together in a small boat, titled “Angels Unawares.”

They found the sculpture—a second casting of the original in St. Peter’s Square commissioned by Pope Francis to honor migrants and refugees—on their first day in the city, after attending Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception nearby.

It felt like a sign.

The 15 teachers, who are almost all immigrants to the US themselves, were in DC to learn more about American history and government, with support from Notre Dame’s English as a New Language program through the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE). But first, they took a moment to reflect on their own journeys and how they fit into the larger history of migration—from the Holy Family to the present day.

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