Archdiocese of Chicago

Office for Immigrant Affairs & Immigration Education
Department of Parish Life and Formation

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2011 Annual Report:

Vision (by 2015):

The Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education (OIA&IE) of the Archdiocese of Chicago will serve as a national model to support undocumented and documented immigrants and promote Christ’s desire for communio between immigrant and non-immigrant communities. We will create a society where immigrants will be welcomed and their cultural gifts celebrated; immigrants will remain united with their families and share meaningful and mutual relationships with non-immigrants; immigrants will rediscover and/or deepen their faith and become engaged in acts of service among their brothers and sisters and be actively involved in the transformation of society seeking justice for all. 

Mission:

As disciples of Jesus Christ, rooted in Gospel values and our rich Catholic social tradition, the Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education (OIA&IE) of the Archdiocese of Chicago fulfills the Church’s leadership role of evangelization by welcoming immigrants in Cook and Lake Counties, building communion between immigrants and non-immigrants as brothers and sisters in Christ, and accompanying and empowering immigrants toward their formation and integration as full members of society and people of faith in the one family of God.

 Goals:

  1. Educate Catholics and the general public to understand and respect the dignity of every immigrant as a human being and to recognize the benefits of immigrants and immigration to our nation;
  2. Educate the undocumented community in ways to safeguard their basic rights and family unity.
  3. Advocate for Compassionate Comprehensive Immigration Reform (using the principles of the U.S. Catholic bishops) and for the humane treatment of immigrant detainees and deportees.
  4. Empower immigrants through a foundation of biblical reflection to participate in their own communities through ministries of service, leadership formation, and actions promoting justice, by implementing and coordinating immigrant-to-immigrant ministry (e.g. Pastoral Migratoria) in clusters of immigrant parishes through lay leadership teams.

 Objectives:

  • Facilitate a dramatic increase in the percentage of immigrants who are now on the path to citizenship and the number who are now naturalized U.S. citizens through our collective efforts with the USCCB and other partners garnering passage of compassionate and just immigration laws.
  • Collaborate with network partners, local parishes, and civil, government and other religious groups to foster a culture of compassion and justice in the area of migration.
  • Increase in quantity and depth of participation the number of supportive parishes and communities where immigrants are welcomed, their cultural gifts celebrated, where meaningful and mutual relationships are built between immigrants and non-immigrants, and all contribute as full, active, and equal participants in the mission of Jesus Christ as lived within and beyond their respective parish communities.
  • Increase to 150 the number of parishes seriously committed to the education and advocacy goals; double the number of parishes where seeds have been planted and the work continues.
  • Increase the number of parishes to 100 that are involved in Pastoral Migratoria, deepening their faith and living out the Gospel call of compassion and justice through evangelization and service to their community.

Partnerships

  • Our office works in collaboration with civic, government and other religious groups. Archdiocesan partners include:
  • Priests for Justice for Immigrants network of 200 native-born and immigrant priests representing over 150 archdiocesan parishes who are committed to helping achieve our objectives at local, state and national levels.
  • Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants collaboration of 100 religious sisters and brothers from 34 religious orders who have become a powerful voice in protecting the human rights and achieving justice for immigrants.
  • Grassroots Organizations including 8 parish-based organizing groups that help involve and coordinate immigrant and native-born parishioners in our activities, by geographic region of the Archdiocese.
  • CCIR Education Team of leaders from various levels of Archdiocesan constituencies who help plan and implement our educational strategies in synch with the Catholic seasonal liturgical calendar.
  • CCIR Legal Team of immigration legal professionals who provide legal aid to Pastoral Migratoria.
  • Consulate of Mexico RIPA through itsNetwork for Information, Support and Prevention.
  • Catholic Conference of Illinois CCIR-Statewide Network of 20 clergy and lay leaders from the six dioceses of Illinois who share resources and information and collaborate on advocacy and education efforts.

For more information or to discuss how you or your organization can partner with us, please contact Elena Segura, Director of the Office for Immigrant Affairs & Immigration Education, at 312-534-5333 or esegura@archchicago.org.


 

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