10,000 LETTERS FOR DREAMERS!
Share the Journey
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr highlights Holy See's "Share the Journey" campaign and expresses solidarity with local migrants.
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is joining with the other Roman Catholic dioceses in the State of Ohio on a campaign to generate 10,000 letters to our congressional delegates across the state, urging them to support the DREAM Act or similar legislation to provide a path to regularize the status of immigrants brought to the United States when they were very young.
The effort is part of a two-year, worldwide "Share the Journey" campaign to be launched by Pope Francis on September 27, inviting all to share the difficult journey of migrants and refugees through prayer and support. Click here to learn more.
The Archdiocese will collect letters between now and December 18, International Migrants Day. "I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our solidarity with migrants and refugees in our Archdiocese," said the Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati.
"The Church stands with these brothers and sisters of ours who have journeyed great distances to find life, security, and hope for the future in our own communities. Not only that, but we walk beside them, listening to their stories, helping bear their loads, and celebrating the gifts of culture and faith they bring to us. Through them, we are reminded of who we really are: pilgrims on a journey from this life to a greater Kingdom."
The Archdiocese and related ministries have planned a number of "share the journey": programs over the next two months. These programs " will provide us with an opportunity to encounter our fellow travelers in our communities, appreciate their hopes and struggles, and advocate for their dignity," Archbishop Schnurr noted. These efforts include:
- Multi-lingual Mass with migrants and refugees on September 27 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church (310 Allen St., Dayton, OH 45410);
- A presentation on the Catholic Church's teaching on migration, titled "Restoring Order and Human Dignity" on October 1 at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Church (101 W. Pearl St., Wapakoneta OH 45895);
- A presentation by Fr. Daniel Groody entitled "Passing Over: A Compassionate Response to Immigrants and Refugees" on October 5 at 7 p.m. (with a light dinner at 5:30pm) at St. Albert the Great Church (3033 Far Hills Ave., Kettering OH 45429).
In addition, ongoing opportunities for education and service to migrants and refugees exist through Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio at (513) 241-7745 orhttps://ccswoh.org/ and Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley at (937) 498-4593 or http://www.cssmv.org/ . For more information on any of these or other upcoming events, please contact our Catholic Social Action Office at (513) 421-3131, ext. 2660, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have your parish or group conduct a letter-writing campaign to Congress! Here are the resources you need:
- Download instructions for the campaign here.
- Download a sample letter to your U.S. Senators here and to your U.S. Representative here. (Letters include space for participants to add personal notes.)
- Learn about the "Share the Journey" campaign.
- More information about DACA, the DREAM Act and related policies.
Thank you for all your support!