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National Migration Week


National Migration Week 2015: January 4 - 10

We Are One Family Under God

In his Apostolic Constitution, Exsul Familia, Pope Pius XII referred to the Holy Family, "fleeing into Egypt, is the archetype of every refugee family." Fleeing the fury of an evil king, the Holy Family is an embodiment of the millions of families fleeing violence and death around the world. Imagine Joseph, struggling in Egypt to support his family as they await a time when they can return home. Or think of the difficult journey that the Holy Family faced as they fled the dangers in their homeland. These are problems that many migrants confront on a daily basis as they try to make their way in a new land, or simply struggle to get there in the first place.

This artistic depiction of the Holy Family is the central image for National Migration Week 2015.

In the coming months we will be providing more information on material that can be used during your National Migration Week celebration and throughout the year. In the meantime, we are happy to announce two important initiatives for the 2015 National Migration Week: 

1. Small Grants Program: Through this initiative MRS/USCCB seeks to assist Catholic parishes, schools and organizations to more fully integrate Catholic teaching and the bishops' priorities concerning migration into new or existing programs, materials, events, and other activities. As a result, these organizations and their members will demonstrate a new understanding of the Church's teaching on the moral dimensions of migration (with a particular emphasis on children's issues) and a willingness to engage in practical and public policy efforts, educational outreach, and liturgical celebrations consistent with this teaching. The deadline for submission is Friday, October 31, 2014

  2. Children and Youth Poster Contest:MRS/USCCB is sponsoring a migration themed Children and Youth Poster Contest that highlights the various ways in which migration manifests itself in the United States and around the world. Posters could focus on the experience of refugee children and youth who want to creatively express what resettlement in the United States has meant to them, immigrant children and youth who want to reflect on their immigration experience, and native-born American children and youth who want to express their understanding of migration in our contemporary world and welcoming newcomers. The deadline for submission for the poster contest is October 31, 2014.

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