Immigration Parish Coordinators
The Archdiocese of Chicago's Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education serves in the leadership role of evangelization, accompaniment and welcoming the immigrant in our midst. As disciples of Christ, we are called to build community, to accompany and empower the marginalized, and to work towards the transformation of society seeking justice for all.
An Immigration Parish Coordinator (IPC) will coordinate efforts in his or her primarily non-immigrant parish to invite parishioners to get closer to the realities immigrants are experiencing in our society through advocacy, education and accompaniment. An IPC finds Christ in this experience, and responds with actions of solidarity by advocating for immigration reform. The IPC will also coordinate concrete opportunities to engage in the empowerment and accompaniment of immigrants, particularly by connecting with parishes with an Immigrant to Immigrant Ministry (Pastoral Migratoria/Polish Immigrant to Immigrant Ministry).
Rooted in the Gospel message and based on Catholic Social Teaching, IPCs act with and on behalf of the vulnerable and oppressed in society. The IPC advocates in his or her parish in accordance with the U.S. Catholic Bishops' position on immigration reform. With the assistance of the Archdiocese of Chicago's Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigrant Education, an IPC can stay current on issues and facilitate ways to participate in actions that can assist the IPC and his or her parish to live more in solidarity with our immigrant sisters and brothers.
The IPC recognizes the God-given dignity of all people especially those most vulnerable. Just as Pope Francis reminds us that “an evangelizing community gets involved by word and deed in people’s daily lives; it bridges distances, it is willing to abase itself in necessary, and it embraces human life, touching the suffering flesh of Christ in others” (Evangelii Gaudium, 24), the IPC is willing to facilitate intentional connections to advocate, share faith, and be ministered to by our immigrant sisters and brothers. It is a modern day experience of the Road to Emmaus.
Because IPCs recognizes Christ in the face of others, they will work toward the transformation and conversion of hearts and minds in themselves and their communities through educational efforts. An IPC can provide a learning opportunity for a parish group or coordinate with nearby parishes.
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To learn more about becoming an IPC, please contact Sr. Lisa Polega at 312-534-8104 or Lpolega@archicago.org .
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Brochure [Click Here]
"If one of your kindred is in need in any community in the land which the Lord, your God, is giving you... you shall freely open your hand and generously lend what suffices to meet that need..." ~Deuteronomy 15:7-8