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Archbishop praises parish ministries to migrants and refugees

Bishop Jason Gordon at the ecumenical service in Germany. Photo courtesy Bishop Gordon

Archbishop Jason Gordon praised the “incredible work” of parish ministries to migrants and refugees as the Church observed World Day for Migrants and Refugees Sunday, September 27.

Since the launch of the Archdiocese Ministry to Migrants and Refugees in 2018 when he directed parishes to establish ministries to respond to migrants and refugees, 20 parishes have been working consistently. “That is absolutely amazing,” he said at the Mass at the Living Water Community Chapel, aired on Trinity TV and streamed live on Trinity TV and the Archdiocese’s Facebook pages.

Archbishop Gordon noted other parishes were doing “little bits and pieces”.

He encouraged the work to continue alerting that things were going to get “tough” socially and the whole Church must be ready to respond not only to migrants and refugees but all who will need care.

“That means conversion of our own hearts so let us be ready to see Christ wherever He appears and to do whatever He asks,” Archbishop Gordon said.

He asked for viewers who knew a migrant or refugee family to contact them and say thanks because they did not come empty handed; they brought with them “incredible gifts”. The Archbishop pointed to their contribution to enriching the day’s liturgy— music and readings.

“They are not coming empty handed. They too will come and build and make this country an even more beautiful place,” he concluded.–LPG