Renewing Hope, Seeking Justice is the primary theme for the 2011 National Migration Week, held January 2-8. The observance began over a quarter century ago by the bishops to provide Catholics an opportunity to take stock of the wide diversity of the Church and the ministries serving them. As the face of the local churches continue to change, these materials are becoming increasingly important. The materials created for National Migration Week also provide an important educational resource that can be used throughout the year by individuals, families, schools, and parishes to learn about the complex issues surrounding migration.
Following the lead of Pope Benedict XVI, who is focusing on migrant families for his 2011 World Day of Migrants and Refugees message, the bishops have decided to focus on the family as a sub-theme this year. Included in this year’s new material is a poster, a prayer card, and a bulletin insert that focuses on the stresses and strains that migration has on families and the affect that economic underdevelopment has in this process. In coordination with The Catholic University of America, a new educational website will focus on the important role that the Catholic Church has played in the area of refugee resettlement for nearly seven decades. In addition, you can always find material from past years and new material that we will add over the coming months. We hope that these resources will provide help to teachers, directors of religious education and others interested in this issue.
We invite you to download these resources directly from this website or you can order them in bulk for a nominal price through the USCCB publishing office.
To purchase National Migration Week material, please contact USCCB publishing at 800-235-8722 or visit their website atwww.usccbpublishing.org to browse Migration and Refugee Services material.