DREAMS of Justice
I would like to welcome you to our new Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration
Education which was built as a result of our archdiocese’s respond to the
call of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops’Justice for Immigrants –
Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform launched in June 2005. Our office
combines the efforts of the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform and
the Pastoral Migratoria. Together we will continue to work as God’s
disciples in collaboration with civil, government and other religious groups by
supporting the life and dignity of each member of God’s family, especially
the immigrant. Our focus is to work in three steps:
- Educate Catholics and the general public to understand the dignity of every immigrant
as a human being and to recognize the benefits of immigrants and immigration to
our nation; and to educate the undocumented community to safeguard their basic civil
rights and family unit.
- Advocate for compassionate comprehensive Immigration reform (using the principles
of the U.S. Catholic bishops), and for humane treatment of immigrant detainees and
- Empower immigrants to help their own communities through ministries of service,
leadership formation, and justice actions implementing and coordinating Pastoral
Migratoria(immigrant to immigrant ministry) in clusters of immigrant parishes
with lay leadership teams.
God’s family is neither complete nor authentic until all human persons are
living in safety, in dignity, and in community. Let us be that welcoming and
empowering community, enlightened by understanding and compassion, working to bring
about justice for all…on earth as it is in heaven.
May our God of justice, compassion and peace bless you in your interest in our ministry.
" For I was a stranger and you welcomed me." (Matthew 25:35).