Welcome the Stranger Among Us

Parish Refugee Resettlement Ministry

The Catholic faith tradition has a long history of hospitality and respect for the stranger. The Catholic Church has developed a rich body of teachings and a heritage of concern for immigrants and refugees, particularly in the United States, a land of immigrants.

The Parish Refugee Resettlement Ministry (PRRM) is one of the responses of the Diocese of Salt Lake City on the Pastoral Statement issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB): Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity.

The goal of the PRRM is to help refugee families feel the freedom and the respect that they have longed for, and at the same time, transition to the way of living in America by teaching them basic life skills needed to become self-reliant and to be able to effectively live their life in their new country.

Parish orientation on the plight of the refugees and the Bishop’s statement is offered to interested parishioners, as well as a training session for willing volunteers.

If you would like to be involved in this ministry, call 801-428-1312.

“The Church is ever mindful that Jesus Christ was himself a refugee, that as a child he had to flee with his parents from his native land in order to escape persecution. In every age, therefore, the Church feels herself called to help refugees.”

Pope John Paul II
February 21, 1981
Refugee Center, Morong, Bataan, Phillipines