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National Migration Week: Creating a Culture of Encounter

National Migration Week

January 8-14, 2017

Creating a Culture of Encounter

For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking. The theme for National Migration Week 2017 draws attention to Pope Francis' call to create a culture of encounter, and in doing so to look beyond our own needs and wants to those of others around us. At their November General Assembly, the U.S. Catholic Bishops asserted, "Serving and welcoming people fleeing violence and conflict in various regions of the world is part of our identity as Catholics. The Church will continue this life-saving tradition."

During this National Migration Week, let us all take the opportunity to engage migrants as children of God who are worthy of our attention and support.

For homily helps, sample intercessions, migration facts and advocacy tools, please download the National Migration Week Toolkit.

Also, if your parish would like hardcopy postcards, urging Congress to support humane reforms for immigrants and migrants, you can request a limited number of them from the Catholic Social Action Office at   

Join us at an upcoming event:

"Restoring Order and Human Dignity"

A presentation on Catholic Social Teaching and migration by Sr. Tracy Kemme of the Catholic Social Action Office and Mr. Pedro Bernardo, a St. Leo's Parishioner and migrant from Guatemala.

Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Our Lady of the Visitation Parish Church Hall

3172 South Road, Cincinnati, OH45248

Click here for event flyer.

"Welcome the Stranger"

Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio, the Archdiocese and Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati are hosting an interfaith gathering to share expert immigration insights.

Thursday, January 12, 2017, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. 

 Hebrew Union College 

3101 Clifton Avenue

Cincinnati, OH45220-2404

These events are free and open to the public.

Earlier Event: January 1
World Day of Peace Masses
Later Event: January 8
Coalition for Immigrant Dignity