Promote peace throughout the world
The gospel calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves. Who is our neighbor? Do we have an obligation to help those we've never met who are half way around the world? We invite you to explore Global Stewardship through the journey of refugees.
Learn more about The Basilica’s Refugee/Immigration Ministry.
Explore the Journey of Refugees
Fleeing natural disaster, war or persecution in their home country for reasons of race, religion, nationality, or membership in a social group or political faction - fear drives refugees to seek safe haven in another country. Consider that Christ and the Holy Family fled persecution and lived in exile in Egypt. Consider our connection to refuguees and explore these through tradition, art, and faith. One person can make a difference.
The UN Refugee Agency estimates that more than 59.5 million people, half of whom are children, have fled to neighboring countries and 7.6 million are displaced internally within Syria. This international issue is also critical in Minnesota. Over the last three decades, refugees have been settling in Minnesota with over 95,000 refugees calling Minnesota home. They face barriers like language, finding jobs, health care, and navigating a new culture.
Why is Minnesota home to so many refugees?
Minnesota has strong social benefits and support systems provided by government and non-profits. Catholic Relief Services, Lutheran Social Services, the American Refugees Committee and World Relief Minnesota and other groups help refugees find housing, acclimate to the culture and provide language assistance.
Take action today
Pray for the volunteers and organizations working with refugees in Minnesota and around the world.
Reflect on your own unique relationship with God. How do you build relationships with refugees who are tying to make a new home in Minnesota? How do we build relationships with refugees around the world? Consider the sacredness of each human being.
Learn about one non-profit changing Refugees lives by offering education and resources to help them rebuild their lives in a new country.
Get involved at The Basilica or in our community to help refugees.
Pray for peace in the world.
WORLDWIDE AND MINNESOTA GROUPS WHO HELP REFUGEES
- Catholic Relief Services
- Lutheran Social Services
- United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees
- Sisters of Loretto
- Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
- Neighborhood House
- Hands Across the World
- Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches(GMCC) Center for Families
- Refugee, Immigrant, and Migrant Serices of Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
- International Association for Refugees
Prayer for Refugees
Almighty and merciful God, Help me to bring peace to your world.
Look with mercy on those who today are fleeing from danger and
afraid, homeless and hungry.
Bless those who work to bring them relief;
inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts:
and guide the nations of the world toward that day
when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of jusice and peace.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen