Nuns, rabbis, Muslim leaders and church officials Friday urged Long Islanders to embrace the hundreds of unaccompanied minors who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally to try to reunite with relatives here.

The combination interfaith prayer service and news conference in Wyandanch was organized partly in response to public outrage over a proposal to temporarily house some of the children at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Commack. The Sisters of St. Joseph were well represented!

“Today we stand here together, we of different faiths, to say that God places upon us that same responsibility as God had placed upon our ancestors — to care for the strangers and the less fortunate in our midst,” Rabbi Steven Moss told the 50 people gathered at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Wyandanch.

OLMM immigrant children