National Migration Week to be celebrated through Jan. 12

WASHINGTON—National Migration Week 2019 kicked off on Jan. 6 and will run to Jan. 12. For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which provides an opportunity for the Church to highlight the presence and situation of immigrants, refugees, victims, and survivors of human trafficking. The week serves as a time for both prayer and action in support of immigrants and refugees.

The theme for this year’s celebration — “Building Communities of Welcome” — emphasizes our responsibility and opportunity as Catholics to engage and welcome newcomers on their arrival and help to ease their transition into a new life here in the United States. Welcoming communities do not emerge by chance but are established through the hard work and conviction of people on the ground through direct service, shared experience and faith, advocacy, and institution building.

“In this moment, it is particularly important for the Church to highlight the spirit of welcome that we are all called to embody in response to immigrant and refugee populations who are in our midst sharing our Church and our communities,” said Bishop Joe Vásquez of the Diocese of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration.

Educational materials and other resources for National Migration Week are available for download at

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CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz: A woman holds a child’s hand as they arrive for a rally in support of immigrants’ rights in New York City in December 2016. The U.S. Bishops will focus on the hardships and contributions of immigrants to American society as the Church observes National Migration Week.