Goals

  1. Educate Catholics, and the general public, in understanding and respecting the dignity of every immigrant as a human being; as well as recognizing 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 in clusters of immigrant parishes through lay leadership teams.

 

 

 Objectives

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