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Message for “Share the Journey” Campaign

September 27, 2017

Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr

On September 27, Pope Francis launched a two-year,

worldwide campaign called “Share the Journey.” As

millions of migrants and refugees look for a better life,

many of them fleeing war, persecution, and poverty, Pope

Francis invites us to share in their journey through prayer

and support. I would like to take this opportunity to

reiterate our solidarity with migrants and refugees in our


The Church stands with these brothers and sisters of ours

who have journeyed great distances to find life, security,

and hope for the future in our own communities. Not only

that, but we walk beside them, listening to their stories,

helping bear their loads, and celebrating the gifts of culture

and faith they bring to us. Through them, we are reminded

of who we really are: pilgrims on a journey from this life to a

greater Kingdom.

Many upcoming activities sponsored by the Archdiocese

and our related ministries can enable us to “share the

journey.” They will provide us with an opportunity to

encounter our fellow travelers in our communities,

appreciate their hopes and struggles, and advocate for

their dignity. These include:

 TODAY A presentation on the Catholic Church’s

teaching on migration, titled “Restoring Order and

Human Dignity” on October 1 at 7 p.m. at St.

Joseph Church (101 W. Pearl St., Wapakoneta OH


 A presentation by Fr. Daniel Groody on “Passing Over:

A Compassionate Response to Immigrants and

Refugees” on October 5 at 7 p.m. (with a light dinner at

5:30pm) at St. Albert the Great Church (3033 Far Hills

Ave., Kettering OH 45429).

In addition, ongoing opportunities for education and service

to migrants and refugees exist through Catholic Charities

Southwestern Ohio at (513) 241-7745 and Catholic Social

Services of the Miami Valley at (937) 498-4593.

For more information on any of these or other upcoming

events, please contact our Catholic Social Action Office at

(513) 421-3131, ext. 2660, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As Pope Francis exclaimed, “Welcoming others means

welcoming God in person! Do not let yourselves be robbed

of the hope and joy of life born of your experience of God’s

mercy, as manifested in the people you meet on your

journey!” (2016 Message for World Day of Migrants and

Refugees) May our efforts together to share the journey

with migrants and refugees help straighten our own paths

as we approach our final destinations in God’s Kingdom.