"The Church of the twenty-first century will be, as it has always been a church of many cultures, languages and traditions, yet simultaneously one, as God is one—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—unity in diversity." — Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity In Diversity
The Subcommittee Mandate
The Subcommittee on the Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers is under the direction of and assists the Committee on Cultural Diversity within the Church by working directly with the standing committee and collaboratively with other USCCB committees to support the pastoral care of migrants, refugees and travelers. This mandate includes the following areas of responsibility: The subcommittee, based on available resources, is responsible to assist and support dioceses, national organizations, and movements in the pastoral care of migrants, refugees, and travelers. At the request of the standing committee, the subcommittee works collaboratively with the other subcommittees and with the Committee on Migration.
PCMRT Adviser for Ethnic and People on the Move Ministries
Welcome from the Subcommittee Chairman
Dear friends in Christ,
We are delighted that you are interested in accessing information about the Subcommittee’s work to assist and support pastoral care to diverse ethnic communities of African-Caribbean, Brazilian and European Catholics as well as to people on the move such as: mariners and fishers, airport workers and travelers, circus and traveling show folks and migrant farmworkers.
The Catholic Church affirms the gifts and contributions that newcomer immigrants, refugees and people on the move offer and she encourages them to fuller participation in the evangelizing mission of the Church. The Subcommittee on PCMRT is committed to carry on its mandate "to support the pastoral care of migrants, refugees and travelers” by working directly with and under the direction of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church and collaboratively with other USCCB committees.
+ Most Reverend Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S, Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle, Chairman, Subcommittee on Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers
Welcome from Assistant Director Sr. Joanna Okereke, HHCJ
Thank you for visiting our web page I am pleased to have the opportunity to provide you with information on the Subcommittee on Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers (PCMRT). Take a moment to browse and see the dynamic facets of the Subcommittee’s work.
The Subcommittee on the Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers is one of the five subcommittees of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church. Bishop Joseph J. Tyson, chairman of the Subcommittee on PCMRT and the bishops of this subcommittee, endeavor to enflesh its mission to support the pastoral outreach to new comer immigrants, refugees and people on the move Catholics from diverse cultural and social backgrounds. As staff to the Subcommitteessist the bishops in their work as part of the team in the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church.
I hope that you will find the web practical resource tool, and that it will serve a catalyst in welcoming and receiving newcomer immigrants, refugees and travelers so that they become active, integrated members in the local church and community.
We would like to hear from you on how we may further enhance the webpage, so please do not hesitate to contact us. Do visit often!