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Diocesan Profiles: The Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and People On the Move

CARA has been asked by the USCCB’s Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church to survey all dioceses and eparchies in the United States. Specifically this study is being conducted with the Subcommittee on the Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers. More about this study is enclosed in the following memo from the Most Reverend Joseph J. Tyson, Bishop of Yakima and Chairman, Subcommittee on the Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers.

The pastoral concern on migrants, refugees and travelers stems from the Church’s realization that they often need special pastoral care and outreach (Erga Migrantes Caritas Christi 2004). The goal of this study is to better understand the pastoral needs related to these marginalized populations. The survey considers information related to ministries with immigrants, refugees, victims of human trafficking, unaccompanied minors, migrant farmworkers, long-haul truck drivers, seafarers, aviation communities, traveling show people from the circus, carnivals, race tracks and rodeos, and other people on the move. Every Catholic diocese’s and eparchy’s input will be greatly valuable for the study.

We are asking all Chancellors to use the link below to answer the brief series of questions on the survey. You may also designate the best person in the diocese/eparchy to respond. If you or your designate have any trouble navigating the survey please contact Dr. Mark M. Gray at 202-687-0885 or

Online Survey Link

You can also respond by paper. Download this Adobe pdf: DWSI. This can be printed and filled out by hand and either be mailed, faxed, or scanned and emailed to us. CARA’s address is 2300 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Suite 400A, Washington, DC 20007. Our fax number is 202-687-8083. My email is provided above.