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.

Are you considering refugee sponsorship, or would you like to learn more? Click HERE to go to our Refugee Sponsorship FAQ page.

Are you already sponsoring a refugee? Find helpful resources HERE.

If you or your parish is interested in discerning concretely the sponsorship of refugees or would like to learn more about the requirements and obligations for sponsoring, register for our next Refugee Training Workshop in early November. To get information on this workshop please contact Tashia at 306-352-1651 ext.222 or ttoupinatarchregina [dot] sk [dot] ca 

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