On November 20, 14 Catholic organizations, including the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, sent a statement to members of Congress regarding the Syrian refugee crisis and the need to welcome Syrian refugees.
Maryknoll missioners have worked with migrants and people on the move for decades. They have served Burmese refugees in Thailand, Thai workers all over Asia, Burundian and Rwandan refugees in East Africa, and have accompanied Guatemalans, who, after years in Mexico, returned home to start anew in a more peaceful country. Our faith compels us to stand in solidarity with migrants.
Here in the United States, we are profoundly affected by the contribution of migrants in our society, and we have a responsibility to treat them, like all the rest of God’s creation, with dignity and respect.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns congratulates President Obama for his Nov. 20 announcement to take executive action to provide protection from deportation for possibly five million undocumented persons.
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Prepared by Fr. Joseph Healey, MM, in collaboration with the South Sudan Catholic Refugees Community in Small Christian Communities in the Archdiocese of Nairobi, Kenya.
Two major campaigns are going on this week to protect asylum seekers and immigrant families. Here are ways you can take action today:
1) Submit a comment to the Trump administration by July 15 at 1 pm EDT urging them to rescind new proposed rules for the asylum system that would make it nearly impossible to gain asylum status in the United States. Experts say these rules will destroy the asylum system as we know it.
Maryknoll Sister Genie Natividad reflects on how she glimpsed the Kingdom of God at Casa del Refugiado, a shelter for asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Maryknoll Father Jack Sullivan reflections on the Holy Family and the call to recognize holy families today.
Maryknoll Sister Miriam Frances Perlewitz in Bangladesh reflects on the need for a clean heart and steadfast spirit when facing life's challenges.
Kevin Carroll, nonviolence and peace fellow at the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, reflects on his students who have awakened him to hope and peace on this first Sunday of Advent.
The following reflection was prepared by Judy Coode in 2014, while working with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. Ms. Coode is the coordinator of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, a project of Pax Christi International.
Alfonso Buzzo, former Peace Fellow, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, writes about seeing Jesus in the suffering migrants and refugees along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Father John Northrup writes about his mission experience in Mexico in this week's reflection.
Fr. Mike Gilgannon, who served in Peru, wrote the following reflection which was published in A Maryknoll Liturgical Year: Reflections on the Readings for Year B, available from Orbis Books.
Sr. Carol Marie McDonald serves as a missioner in Central America, most recently in El Salvador.
Fr. John Sivalon, MM, who served in Tanzania, wrote the following reflection. It is also published in A Maryknoll Liturgical Year: Reflections on the Readings for Year B, available from Orbis Books.
The following reflection was prepared by Fr. Dave Schwinghamer, who spent much of his mission life in Tanzania. He currently serves with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.
The following reflection was prepared by Judy Coode who works at the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.
The following reflection was prepared by Cecelia Aguilar Ortiz, a former Maryknoll lay missioner in Thailand
- Border Action Network
- Christian Campaign for Immigration Reform
- Forced Migration Online
- Franciscans International's Handbook on Human Trafficking
- Franciscans International's Handbook on Migrant Workers
- Humane Borders
- International Organization for Migration
- Justice for Immigrants
- Migration Information Source
- Migration Policy Institute
- No More Deaths campaign
- Refugees International
- U.S. Catholic bishops and immigration: A chronology
- U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants