Statement from Bishop Michael Burbidge on National Migration Week

January 5 – 11, 2020


This week, as it has for almost half a century, the Catholic Church in the United States observes National Migration Week. This observance allows us to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants around the world, including immigrants, refugees, and victims and survivors of human trafficking. This year’s theme is “Promoting a Church and a World for All,” which offers Catholics an opportunity to consider that each family has a migration story, whether recent or long ago.

No matter where we originate, we are all part of the same human family. Christ calls us to live in solidarity with one another, setting aside our fears or apathy. Within our parishes, neighborhoods and this Diocese, we should seek to encounter all migrants as children of our loving God, serving them in love and compassion. Through this ministry and outreach, may we grow closer to Our Lord and invite others to share in the journey.

Visit your parish website and Catholic Charities website at to find out how you can build a welcoming community.