Currently, the UN estimates that there are 70.8 million refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced people worldwide, and this number is growing. As Christians, we are called to care for the poor and vulnerable and have a rich and long tradition of doing so. Serving others, especially those in the most desperate of need is one of our defining evangelizing tools. In the words of Jesus, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me” (Matt 24:40). 

Some may ask why the Catholic Church is so involved with the sponsorship of refugees. It is because of our Catholic Social Teachings (CST). These CST affirm:
  • the universal dignity of each and every person, regardless of any categorical divisions;
  • our call to give the poor and vulnerable our preferential support and love, and to always consider them in our decision-making; and 
  • our obligation to empower our sisters and brothers, who have often had so much taken from them, so they can regain control over their lives in meaningful ways.

 

It is with these in mind that the Archdiocese of Regina would like to offer our support to any parish community wishing to sponsor a refugee or asylum seeker. In taking on the ministry of sponsorship, you will be engaging in the profoundly spiritual and life-changing experience of upholding the dignity of others, sharing your lives, and encountering Christ in the men, women and children whose need is so great.

For those of you interested in some of the many difficulties that Refugees and Immigrants face once here in Canada, please click HERE to read a report by Halima Abdille. 

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Are you considering refugee sponsorship, or would you like to learn more? 

Go to our Refugee Sponsorship FAQ page HERE    

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Are you already sponsoring a refugee? 

Find helpful resources HERE. 

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RSTP will be conducting the following webinars in January 2020 on the Privately Sponsored Refugee (PSR) Program:

An Introduction to Canada’s Refugee Sponsorship Programs

Date: Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST

Registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7381123111339669003 

 

The PSR Program: Who Can Sponsor and Who Can Be Sponsored?

Date: Friday, January 10, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST

Registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5947209315626770955 

 

The PSR Program: How to Prepare and Submit a Successful Application Package

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST

Registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3878160429105817611 

 

The PSR Program: Adding Dependents Post-Submission and Updating Applications

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST

Registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3257748898505312011 

 

The PSR Program: Supporting Settlement and Integration

Date: Friday, January 24, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST

Registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5502908761470432011 

 

The PSR Program: Preparing for Month 13

Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST

Registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4160859162258216459  

The PSR Program: Preparing for Month 13 - Fri, Dec 20, 2019 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM AST: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2092882299574248971

The above series of webinars will be repeated each month until March 2020.

 

 

Page URL: http://archregina.sk.ca/social-justice/refugee-sponsorship