When comprehensive immigration reform failed to pass the Senate in 2007 – and it became apparent there would be no legislative reform in the near term – Chicago’s immigrant community wondered what they could do to help one another in light of their increasing, urgent basic human and pastoral needs in the absence of any immigration reform.
In response we developed our immigrant leadership ministries, called the Immigrant Social Ministry (e.g. Pastoral Migratoria and Polish Immigrant-to-Immigrant Ministry), that are empowering Hispanic and Polish immigrant lay leaders through service, accompaniment, and justice actions in parishes.
St. Rita Parish has had a very active Pastoral Migratoria Ministry almost from the beginning of its inception in the Archdiocese.
Our members offer several events each year, in collaboration with the Archdiocese and other organizations, to help our immigrant community. These events have included “Know Your Rights” workshops, collection of items for people in detention centers, collecting stuffed animals for children in detention centers, helping people register to vote, and other workshops of interest to our community.
Currently members of our Pastoral Migratoria are offering Citizenship Classes for those interested in becoming US citizens. Classes are on break until January 2019.
Other Resources – Links
- FREE Citizenship Classes at St. Rita
- Pastoral Migratoria Facebook Page of St. Rita
- Pastoral Migratoria Facebook Page of the Archdiocese of Chicago
- Archdiocese of Chicago Immigration Ministry Website
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If you are interested in becoming a member of Pastoral Migratoria, want to know how you can help, or for more information, please send your question / request online and someone will contact you shortly.