Ten years ago, Catholic bishops of the United States and Mexico began to meet informally to discuss mutual concerns regarding increased migration between the two neighboring countries. Troubled by migrant deaths, family separation, and other human consequences of migration, the bishops came together and issued the joint pastoral statement Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope in January 22, 2003.
In honor of the 10th anniversary of the joint Mexican/US pastoral letter, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will host a forum and book release on for On Strangers No Longer: Perspectives on the Historic U.S.-Mexican Bishop’s Pastoral Letter on Migration. This new book includes essays by theologians, legal scholars, and policy experts in the field of migration on major themes addressed in the pastoral letter. It also provides insights into the historical, pastoral, and theological foundations for the Church’s teaching in this area.
The forum and book release is scheduled for Monday, September 9, 2013 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm at The Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center (“The Pryz”) of the Catholic University of America. Most Reverend John C. Wester, Bishop of Salt Lake City and Chairman of USCCB’s Committee on Communications will provide opening remarks. Contributors to the volume – including CMS’s Executive Director Donald Kerwin – will discuss the impact of the pastoral letter over the last ten years and their individual topics. The discussion will also focus on the letter’s relevance to today’s national immigration debate.
To register for the event, please contact Oscar Molina at 202-541-3174 or firstname.lastname@example.org.