Written on: September 25, 2019
The information below comes from the LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious) Immigration Group. We strongly encourage you to read the resources so that you can be a well-informed advocate for immigrants and refugees. I especially encourage you to watch the six very short videos speaking on this year’s theme “It Is Not Just About Migrants.” These are available on the link English-language resources. These are guaranteed to move your spirit. It’s amazing how many people, including some Latinos, who do not really understand or appreciate the plight of these people, much less our responsibility as human beings and Christians to do something about it. Many thanks for all that you do; it matters,
The Catholic Church will celebrate this year’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees on September 29, 2019. The theme for this year’s celebration is, “It Is Not Just About Migrants,” which provides an opportunity, in Pope Francis’ words, to recognize that
“it is not only the cause of migrants that is at stake; it is not just about them, but about all of us, and about the present and future of the human family.“
Pope Francis released a message in advance of the celebration that highlights the theme and provides pastoral guidance to everyone who works on this issue. Working in collaboration with the Philippine Catholic Conference, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Migrant and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) created the English-language resources that English-speaking Catholics can use to celebrate the 2019 World Day for Migrants and Refugees. Many resources are also available in Spanish. Please use them in your parishes, schools, homes, and local community.
As we approach September 29th, please share the World Day of Migrants and Refugees resources with your communities and invite them to celebrate and honor our heritage as a church to be inclusive of immigrants and refugees.
You will find a host of other helpful materials for planning events and sharing with others prepared by Migrants and Refugees Section of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development HERE.
Sister Ann Scholz, SSND, PhD
Associate Director for Social Mission
Leadership Conference of Women Religious