Dozens endorse Columban statement on migration

February 1, 2011

Several events highlighted the needs of migrants during the month of January 2011. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops named January 2-8 as National Migration Week.

Upcoming Dates

February – The CCAO is accepting applications for summer internships, June Mission Exposure trip to Peru and Teaching in China- AITECE.

February 10 – Nationally recognized voice for migrants’ rights and just U.S.-Mexico border policies, Ruben Garcia, will speak at Creighton University, 7 p.m., Harper Auditorium.

February 16 – Fr. John Brannigan, SSC, will host a workshop on Catholic Social Teaching in Washington, D.C. Click for more information

February 13 – 16 – USCCB’s Catholic Social Ministry Gathering – Washington, D.C.

February 24 – Columban Advocates Conference Call (join the Columban Advocates at groups.google.com/group/columbanadvocates)

Pope Benedict the XVI focused on the needs of migrant families in his message for The World Day of Migrants and Refugees on January 16, saying “All, therefore, belong to one family, migrants and the local populations that welcome them, and all have the same right to enjoy the goods of the earth whose destination is universal….”

The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach produced a resolution on the needs of migrants and collected endorsements from a wide variety of faith-based organizations around the country. The resolution was released on January 7, 2011.  The resolution continues to gain attention and currently has 49 endorsements. The press release is below and it contains the link to the resolution.


Silver Spring, MD (January 7, 2011) – In observance of the 2011 National Migration Week declared by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and recognizing the difficulties facing immigrants in the United States today, the Missionary Society of St. Columban, U.S. Region, along with 33 other faith-based organizations released a Migrant Resolution.

Signers of the declaration come from a diverse array of faith communities but are united in their concern for the plight of immigrants and the current negative political environment in many communities. Most of the faith-based organizations endorsing the resolution represent individuals and communities who live among and serve the immigrant population and are witnesses to the daily struggles of immigrants.

As Amy Woolam Echeverria, the Columban missionaries’ international Coordinator of Migrant Ministry, said, “As a nation of immigrants and as people of faith, we are called to not only welcome the stranger among us, but also to open ourselves to a transformation of the heart that occurs when we move out of ourselves and into relationship with those who are most vulnerable.” With this is mind, the resolution calls for justice, dignity and democracy for all immigrants to the United States.

See the full text of the resolution and the list of endorsements.

For more information, contact Michelle Melcher Knight; mmknight@columban.org; 301-565-4547