Today the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Councils for Immigrants and Emigrants jointly hosted a conference in Jury’s Inn, Custom House Quay, Dublin, entitled Journeying Together: Challenges Facing the Migrant Today.
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The conference will provide a unique opportunity to explore both emigration and immigration in a global, European and Irish context. It will also offer a platform to discuss the effects of migration on the undocumented, families, prisoners and trafficking.
“Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women and men who leave or who are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all for being more.” – Pope Francis
The Irish Chaplaincy has organised its third annual Mayo Walk – “In the Footsteps of Irish Emigrants” – from Mulranny to Newport via the beautiful Great Western Greenway on Saturday 17 August. This year’s walk is taking place as part of the celebrations of the Year of Faith, National Heritage Week and The Gathering Ireland.
Address by Bishop John Kirby at the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants Symposium: ‘Migration, Spirituality and the Human Journey’ held on 14 March at the Capuchin Friary Dublin
The Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants (IECE) has published an Emigrant Information Pack for 2013. The Information Pack aims to assist parishes and dioceses in raising awareness about the issues affecting emigrants and to ask for the prayers and support of parishioners.
Content from the March issue of Intercom, including and article by Eugene Dugan introducing the work of the Irish Chaplaincy in Britain.
Bishop McKeown was in New York in November 2012 and the Irish Apostolate USA, in collaboration with the Aisling Irish Center and Project Irish Outreach, arranged for him to say Mass on Sunday 2 December in St Barnabas Church in the Bronx.
The Resource Pack includes emigration statistics, ways to remember emigrants in your parish and in the home, prayers of intercession, homily notes and Prayers for Emigrants.
A bookmark with prayers for Irish Emigrants and those who are far from home. These are available from the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants for parishes, prayer groups or individuals.