The Catholic Church's institutions and ministries - education, health, charities, labor, legal services, refugee resettlement, community-organizing, pastoral, and others - face critical opportunities and challenges in meeting the needs of today's immigrants. Over the last year, a number of leaders from diverse institutions have been meeting to discuss the Church's role in integrating immigrants, with the aim of increasing the Church's collective work in this area. These leaders have documented the Church’s past and present work with immigrants, worked toward a distinctly Catholic definition of integration, and identified promising integration programs and practices in diverse institutions.
On February 24, 2014, the Center for Migration Studies (CMS) hosted a full day conference on the Catholic Church's work to further the integration and well-being of immigrants and how Catholic institutions might collectively expand and improve this work. The public event also marked the beginning of a year-long celebration of CMS's 50th anniversary.
Keynote Address: The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn