National Migration Week 2013 will be held from January 6-12 with a primary theme of “We are Strangers No Longer: Our Journey of Hope Continues.” This year’s National Migration Week observance and theme commemorate the 10th anniversary of the historic joint pastoral letter of the United States and Mexico bishops conferences, Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope. This theme reminds us of our responsibility as Catholics to help newcomers integrate in ways that are respectful, culturally sensitive and responsive to social needs, and of the ongoing need for comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform.
Throughout the fall we will be providing a number of resources that reflect on this theme. Please check back regularly to see what new resources are available for your use. Some of these items will be available for download only while others will be available in bulk for a nominal cost through the USCCB Bookstore. If there are resources that you think would be helpful for your ministry, please contact us and we will do what we can to meet your needs. To purchase National Migration Week materials, please visit the USCCB Bookstore on-line. You can also find links to order each of the 2013 National Migration Week materials below.
Additionally, we encourage you to visit the Justice for Immigrants website, where you can find a wide range of educational resources on immigration and Catholic Social Teaching.
In coordination with National Migration Week and this special anniversary, the USCCB is also in the process of publishing a book of edited essays that focuses on many of the issues and themes that arise in light of the pastoral statement Strangers No Longer. We aim to have the book released in the spring of 2013 and are confident that it will provide an important resource for those interested in this important issue.
Thank you for promoting the Gospel message of welcoming the stranger among us.
National Migration Week 2013 Brochure