The final panel of the conference reflected on the interrelated themes of migration, protection, and race in the context of Pope Francis’ call to Catholics to go to the peripheries.
A discussion with Notre Dame Students doing work with migrants and refugees.
This panel discussed ways to build parish communities of belonging, hope, and sanctuary, and to mainstream Catholic teaching on immigrants and refugees to the broader Catholic Church.
Panelists explored how Catholic institutions can strengthen their work in promoting the integration, protection, and defense of persons with strong roots in sending and receiving communities.
At a time of harsh and restrictionist federal policies, many states and localities have opted to treat immigrants and their families as full members of their communities, extending to them a range of services, programs, and benefits.
Panelists discuss ways that Catholic parishes, hospitals, refugee and legal services programs, charities, and other institutions and ministries can rise to the immense challenges now facing immigrants, refugees, and their families and communities.
Roderic O’Gorman, Minister for Children, Disability, Equality, and Integration, describes Ireland’s efforts to build communities of belonging.
Migrants, refugees, their families, and communities face multiple crises – historically high levels of forcible displacement, the inequalities and injustices exacerbated by the pandemic, the loss of life and opportunity, and exclusionary attitudes and policies. This panel spoke to these conditions and challenges and offered ideas and insights on how the Church can respond to the gifts and needs of migrants in a more prophetic, faithful, and hopeful way.
Panelists presented their perspectives on the major challenges facing immigrants, refugees, and their families, both in the broader society and in their faith communities, including new challenges related to COVID-19 and related policies.
CMS and the University of Notre Dame welcomed participants to the 2020 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference.