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"The Church of the twenty-first century will be, as it has always been, a Church of many cultures, languages and traditions, yet simultaneously one, as God is one—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—unity in diversity." — Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity In Diversity
Dear friends in Christ,
We are delighted that you are interested in accessing information about the Subcommittee’s work to assist and support pastoral care to diverse ethnic communities of African-Caribbean, Brazilian and European Catholics as well as to people on the move such as: mariners and fishers, airport workers and travelers, circus and traveling show folks and migrant farmworkers.
The Catholic Church affirms the gifts and contributions that newcomer immigrants, refugees and people on the move offer and she encourages them to fuller participation in the evangelizing mission of the Church. The Subcommittee on PCMRT is committed to carry on its mandate "to support the pastoral care of migrants, refugees and travelers” by working directly with and under the direction of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church and collaboratively with other USCCB committees.
+ Bishop Rutilio del Riego
Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese San Bernardino
Chairman, Subcommittee on Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers
Thank you for visiting our web page. We are pleased to have the opportunity to provide you with information on the Subcommittee on Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers (PCMRT). Take a moment to browse and see the dynamic facets of the Subcommittee’s work.
The Subcommittee on the Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers is one of the five subcommittees of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church. Bishop Rutilio del Riego, chairman of the Subcommittee on PCMRT and the bishops of this subcommittee, endeavor to enflesh its mission to support the pastoral outreach to new comer immigrants, refugees and people on the move Catholics from diverse cultural and social backgrounds. As staff to the Subcommittee, I and Sr. Joanna Okereke assist the bishops in their work. We are part of the team in the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church.
We hope that you will find the web page as a practical resource and a tool, and that it will serve as a catalyst in welcoming and receiving newcomer immigrants, refugees and travelers so that they become active, integrated members in the local church and community.
We would like to hear from you on how we may further enhance the
webpage, so please do not hesitate to contact us. Do visit often!
Faithfully yours in Christ,
Sr. Myrna Tordillo, MSCS
Assistant Director, Subcommittee on Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers
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