~ by Rhina Guidos
For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking.
National Migration Week for 2022 took place September 19-25, and ended with the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR), on the last Sunday of September. The primary theme for this year’s WDMR was “Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees”.
There has been an influx of migrants being sent to New York City this spring and summer, most fleeing crime and poor economies in Central and South America which has tested New York’s reputation as a world sanctuary. And it shows no sign of slowing, thanks in part to Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas, whose decision to send busload after busload to Washington, D.C. and New York hoping to pressure Democrats on border policy.
Not all migrants who reach New York enter shelters; some go to live with friends and family in the region. But a large number of the recent newcomers are Venezuelan, and, unlike previous groups of immigrants from places like Mexico, El Salvador or Ecuador, they are less likely to have already established communities to join when they arrive.
Cabrini Immigrant Services, NYC, is starting to work with some of these families and in honor of National Migration Week, the Guadalupe Province Immigration Commission is collecting donations of cash and/or gift cards to places such as: Trader Joe’s, Old Navy, Target, and also much needed New York Metro Cards. We are also asking for donations of underwear (in all sizes for both men and women).
If you are able to contribute, please send or drop off your donations to:
Karol Brewer: Cabrini Formation Office/ The Cottage/610 King of Prussia Road/Radnor/PA 19087
Sr. Lucille Souza, MSC: Sacred Heart Convent/71 Jackson Street/New York/ NY 10002
We so appreciate your support!
Guadalupe Province Immigration Commission
Missionary Sisters Yolanda Flores/Pietrina Raccuglia/Roselle Santivasi/Lucille Souza
Karol Brewer/Zelene Suchilt