- Message from the Director
- New England Region
- Save the Date!
- Far West Mountain States Region
- Great Lakes Regional Training
- Dedication of New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Catholic Chapel
- Airport and Maritime Chaplains are up for Recertification
- Camden Diocese Migrant Ministry Meeting with Mexican Priests
- Summer Circus Ministry
- Carson and Barnes Circus Mass, Baptism and Pastoral Visit
- World Youth Day 2002
- CART Ministry Visit
- III National Training Workshop for Migrant Pastoral Care in Mexico
- Conference of African Clergy and Religious in United States
- Prayer and Listening Meeting with the Sudanese “Lost Boys” at St. Augustine’s Parish, Richmond, VA
- News from Around the Network
- Federation of Vietnamese Catholics in the USA Convention in Orange
- Bishop Wenski Keynotes Chinese Catholic Conference
- Our Lady of China Mosaic at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
- Mark Franken Speaks at Summer Institute for Building Inclusive Communities
- Our Lady of Good Health, Vailankanni National Pilgrimage 2002
- Komunitas Katolik Indonesia Holds Jamboree 2002
- Federation of Vietnamese Catholics in the USA Convention in Orange
Message from the Director
In the final days of July 2002, a delegation of bishops from the USCCB Committee on Migration and the Mexican Bishops Conference’s Commission on Human Mobility met in Mexico City to prepare the second draft of the pastoral statement on immigration and to participate in the celebration of the canonization of Juan Diego. The events surrounding the canonization clearly overshadowed the work on the draft but also gave the draft a context and a new inspiration.
Pope John Paul II’s fifth visit to Mexico had the emotional impact of a grandfather’s last visit to his beloved grandchildren. Millions of Mexicans lined the streets and participated inside and outside the Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe. The crowds shouted joyfully and held up heartwarming greetings and slogans of loyalty and devotion. Bouquets of flowers awaited the Pope’s feet. Mariachis serenaded his ears, and rose petals cascaded over him.
At the heart of the celebration was the affirmation of the importance of indigenous people in the history of Mexico and especially in the evangelization of Mexico. The full indigenous name of Juan Diego was proclaimed: Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. Songs and readings took place in the Nauhatl language. The procession by men and women in Aztec feathered headdress leading in the picture of St. Juan Diego was a highpoint in the celebration. The Pope spoke warmly: “Today I address a very affectionate greeting to the many indigenous people who have come from different regions of the country, representing the various ethnic groups and cultures which make up the rich, multifaceted Mexican reality. The Pope expresses his closeness to them, his deep respect and admiration and receives them fraternally in the Lord’s name.”
The Pope’s remarks set a tone of respect and welcome to be imitated by the political and religious leaders, reflecting an attitude frequently absent in the life of church and state in Mexico.
The Pope’s statement and attitudes reflect statements and attitudes which are being elaborated in the document on immigration to be published by the bishops of the United States and Mexico in November of this year. His approach to the respect of the rights of individuals and cultures forms the basis of the pastoral and policy recommendations for the bishops’ document. We hope and pray the document will be as well received as the Pope’s visit and will jump-start bilateral talks on immigration between the governments of Mexico and the United States and will be the source for joint dialogue and action on the part of both Bishops Conferences for improved pastoral response to Hispanic immigrants.
New England Region
Two ethnic ministries offices were established in dioceses that previously did not have such offices:
- The Diocese of Fall River was awarded $25,000 through the MRS Pastoral Implementation Grants Program to establish their office for ethnic ministries.
- The Diocese of Providence decided to begin their ethnic ministries office as a result of their participation in the “Unity in Diversity” training program and their subsequent diocesan action planning.
Two dioceses began training programs to bring the message of the pastoral statement to the regional and parish levels.
- The Diocese of Norwich was awarded $14,800 for a year-long training program for leaders from the diocesan level who work with a multilingual clientele and from five parishes that have significant ethnic representation. This training program will serve as a pilot program that will be expanded to involve other parishes and diocesan leaders. The program that is funded by the grant is only the first step in a three-year action plan developed by the diocese after its participation in the training program. The overall plan includes enhancing the capacity of parishes to deal with the increasing number of migrants and immigrants among them through the increased hiring of bilingual/multilingual staff, more liturgies in target languages, and publishing signs and bulletins in multiple languages. The plan also includes a comprehensive strategy to prepare clergy and seminarians for ministry in multicultural parishes.
- The Diocese of Manchester was awarded $15,000 to conduct a more extensive needs assessment of the parishes – essentially hiring someone to identify where new ethnic communities are and work with them one-on-one. The new staff person will also work to help local parishes better incorporate the ethnic communities through a training program and one-on-one consulting. Apart from the project that is funded by this grant, the Diocese of Manchester has also developed a multi-year plan to incorporate objectives, strategies and programs for implementing the pastoral statement throughout all of their diocesan ministries, including the Catholic schools system, Catholic Charities, Priestly Life and Ministry, Office of Worship, Vocations/Seminaries/ Deacons, etc.
MRS/CLINIC National Conference
“All Come Bearing Gifts”
July 6-10, 2003
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Brochures with information on speakers, workshops, activities, and registration will be sent in early fall to the MRS/PCMR network.
Far West Mountain States Region
As a result of grants that were just awarded at the beginning of September, five ethnic / multicultural /migrant ministry offices will be established in dioceses that previously did not have such a diocesan-level office or department.
- Through a seed grant of $25,000 from MRS, ethnic ministries offices will be established in: the Diocese of Monterey, the Diocese of Phoenix, the Diocese of San Bernardino, and the Diocese of Stockton.
- The Diocese of Tucson will use a $15,000 grant from MRS to establish a diocesan “migrant ministry” center based in a parish within direct proximity to the border. The center will serve as a pilot program for the diocese with the intention that it will increase the number of these centers throughout the diocese.
- The Diocese of Salt Lake City (a missionary diocese) will employ an $8,000 grant from MRS to conduct an extensive needs assessment of its parishes to determine four pilot parishes in which they will begin a comprehensive program of recruitment and training to establish “welcoming committees” in the parishes. The program will then be expanded to six additional parishes. One of the primary goals is to increase the number of ethnic peoples serving in leadership positions within the parishes and to promote greater hospitality and understanding of the immigrants and ethnic communities who live in proximity to the parishes.
- The Diocese of San Francisco was granted $7,000 to distribute a handbook which will educate readers as to the cultural and ethnic make-up of the diocese as well as how to welcome and respond to these groups. This resource will be distributed in multiple languages to the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, parish councils, school administrators, Directors of Religious Education, Youth Ministry Directors, Young Adult Ministry Directors and other diocesan directors. They will also use the funding to subsidize the training of diocesan directors and clergy on extending the principles of “welcoming the stranger” to their parishes and ministries.
One hundred and forty-two people from twenty out of twenty-nine Roman Catholic dioceses in the Great Lakes Region met for the Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity training program for bishops and diocesan leaders from September 18-20, 2002 at the Wyndham Milwaukee Center Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The new Archbishop of Milwaukee, Most Rev. Timothy Dolan welcomed the group on the opening night to his diocese and Bishop Sklba, Auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee, celebrated the closing liturgy. Bishop John Manz, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago and a member of the USCCB Committee on Migration, was also present at the training. Bishop Dale Melczek of Gary, Indiana was one of the presenters in an interactive panel presentation on Conversion, Communion, and Solidarity.
Dedication of New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Catholic Chapel
On Wednesday, August 14th, Most Reverend Thomas V. Daily, Bishop of Brooklyn, dedicated a new Catholic Chapel at JFK International Airport. The day marked a milestone in the history of one of the oldest airport chaplaincies in the world. In 1952, a Catholic Chaplaincy was begun at New York’s Idlewild International Airport. In an airport chaplaincy one phenomena is consistent, and that is that change is constant. The chapel and chaplaincies have been moved and reconstructed ten times since the beginning of the chaplaincies in 1952. It appeared to all parties and faith groups that it would remain permanent once three main edifices were built in the center of the airport. A large Catholic church, a Protestant church, and a Jewish synagogue were erected at a cost of $3 million each.
But then 15 years ago, the airport authority felt that they needed that valuable space for the construction of hotels and other facilities, so they tore down all three buildings and placed the three major faith groups in an inter-religious facility in the international arrival terminal.
The faith groups have been regularly meeting with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for almost twelve years for the re-establishment of the chapels. Now in the new terminal four at Kennedy Airport there are four chapels: a Catholic chapel, a Protestant chapel, a Jewish chapel, and a chapel for all other religions, including Muslims.
Each chapel has offices and there is a common religious exposition center. These are the newest airport chapels in the world. Everyone is encouraged to pay a visit to these new facilities. Fr. James Devine has been the airport chaplain at Kennedy Airport for twelve years. He also periodically assists with airport chaplain responsibilities at La Guardia. Come by the new chapel at Kennedy, attend daily Mass, pray before the Blessed Sacrament, and visit the airport chaplain.
Airport and Maritime Chaplains are up for Recertification
The Apostleship of the Sea United States of America (AOSUSA) and the National Conference of Catholic Airport Chaplains (NCCAC) have been working intensely over the last few months in developing the documents, policies and procedures for their chaplains to be certified through the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Commission on Certification and Accreditation.
AOSUSA and NCCAC have been certifying both maritime chaplains and airport chaplains for almost twenty years. Both organizations are up for a periodic review and must resubmit updated documents, policies and procedures so that they can continue to certify the chaplains. At present, AOSUSA has twelve certified maritime chaplains and NCCAC has eight certified airport chaplains. Certification recognizes someone as being qualified and credentialed to professionally fulfill all the requirements and needs of a specialized ministry. Only the Catholic Maritime Chaplains and Catholic Airport Chaplains are certified. No other ministries of any other religion who serve in such capacities are certified. We are very proud that we bring this quality of ministry and pastoral care to the people of the sea and to those in the aviation world. Everyone who ministers to the people on the move are encouraged to apply to either AOSUSA or NCCAC for certification. In relationship to the certification of both chaplaincies, both have training schools. The Airport Chaplains have just sponsored a training school in Chicago at the end of July 2002 in which eight candidates participated. AOSUSA will have their chaplaincy training school in Houston, February 2-14, 2003. These schools are a requirement of each organization for certification.
Camden Diocese Migrant Ministry Meeting with Mexican Priests
On July 2, diocesan priests and women religious working in pastoral outreach with migrant farmworkers in the Diocese of Camden met with five Mexican priests studying in Rome who volunteered to assist in this ministry during the summer months. Msgr. Victor S. Muro hosted the five-hour meeting and lunch at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Vineland, NJ. Sr. Charlotte Hobelman facilitated the meeting using a bilingual format. In addition to getting to know each other, the local pastoral leaders were able to share the expectations of the diocese while the Mexican priests shared their reasons for volunteering and their areas of pastoral expertise. It was decided to plan a mission so their expertise in such areas as Church history and catechesis could be shared with the local parish communities.
Summer Circus Ministry
The Circus Fans Association (CFA) of America held their annual convention in Milwaukee from July 10-14 in conjunction with the annual Great Circus Parade in Milwaukee. Sr. Charlotte Hobelman, Coordinator of Circus and Traveling Shows Ministries, and Fr. Jerry Hogan, the National Circus Chaplain, paid a visit beforehand to the staff and performers at the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin, where the Ringling Brothers founded their circus. Sr. Stephanie Seversin, a Racine Dominican who works with the Championship Auto Racing Team (CART) Ministries, and several Circus and Traveling Show Ministries lay pastoral leaders also participated in the convention.
Carson and Barnes Circus Mass, Baptism and Pastoral Visit
The Little Sisters of Jesus who travel with the Carson and Barnes Circus came through Virginia at the end of August. Fr. Phil DeRea, MSC, and Sr. Charlotte visited them when they played the Richmond area from August 28-30, 2002. Fr. Phil celebrated Mass and a baptism under the Big Top on the evening of August 28. Sacramental records for Catholics involved in the circus are kept at St. Martha Parish in Sarasota, Florida.
World Youth Day 2002
Migration and Refugee Services helped to staff the USCCB office and catechetical sites at World Youth Day 2002 from July 21-29 through the participation of Sr. Charlotte Hobelman of MRS/PCMR. Her primary area of responsibility was site coordination for the three days of catechesis at St. Bonventure Parish in Toronto. Providentially, a youth group from Laos led by Bishop Pierre Bach attended the sessions. Bishop Bach had previously visited the offices of PCMR. Sr. Alice Theopouthay, a MRS/PCMR contact for the Lao Apostolate in the United States, accompanied the group on the third day. In addition, some Filipino participants from the Archdiocese of San Francisco also attended the catechesis at this parish.
CART Ministry Visit
Fr. Phil DeRea, MSC, and Sr. Stephanie Seversin, OP provide Catholic pastoral outreach with Championship Auto Racing Team (CART) Ministries. Their collaborators in this ecumenical ministry are Mr. and Mrs. Bob and Vee Pirtle. Sr. Charlotte visited them on-site at the Elkhart Lake Road America Race in Wisconsin from August 16-18. Mass is available in a portable chapel for the drivers, their crews, track workers and media personnel who would otherwise find it difficult to attend the liturgy on Sunday, which is a work day for them. Opportunities for pastoral counseling and bible study are also provided.
III National Training Workshop for Migrant Pastoral Care in Mexico
The Migrant Pastoral Care Department of the Comisión Episcopal para la Pastoral de La Movilidad Humana of the Mexican Bishops Conference held its third national training workshop coordinated by Sister Maruja Padre Juan Samaniego, MSCS, in San Luis Potosí from September 2-7 at the Casa Nazaret de la Santa Cruz. Several members of the Mexican Episcopal Conference participated, including Bishop Renato Ascencio León, President of the Comisión Episcopal para la Pastoral de la Movilidad Humana, and Bishop Álvaro Ramazzini, President of the comparable commission in Guatemala. Bishop Thomas Wenski delivered an opening message from the USCCB Committee on Migration and Migration and Refugee Services. On Friday, September 6, Bishop John R Manz, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, gave a presentation on the latest draft of the joint pastoral statement on migration by the Church in the U.S. and Mexico. Sr. Charlotte Hobelman, SND, represented Migration and Refugee Services at this annual pastoral care training workshop. She provided copies of the Spanish language MRS 2002 National Migration Week resources for the 90 national level and 40 diocesan level workshop participants.
Conference of African Clergy and Religious in United States
About 100 African Clergy and Religious from different dioceses in the United States gathered at Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center in Palm Beach, from August 1-4, 2002 for the Third Joint Annual Conference of the African Women Religious Conference (AWRC) and the African Catholic Clergy Association (ACCA). Sr. MaryPaul Asoegwu, DDL, Coordinator, Ethnic Ministries, MRS Office of the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops coordinated the conference.
The African countries represented were: Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Burundi, Ghana, Togo, Sierra Leone and Cameroon. These priests and sisters are serving in 34 dioceses in the United States in different ministerial capacities - parish priests, regional superiors, professors, associate pastors, social workers, nurses, chaplains, teachers, ex-superior and vicar generals, religious educators, diocesan directors of Black ministry, students and diocesan vocation directors.
They were welcomed in the diocese of Palm Beach, Florida by Fr. Arthur Venezia, Vicar of Christ Faithful, who represented the Administrative Vicar, and Loraine Lyles, diocesan director for the Black Ministry.
Fr. Anthony McGuire, Director of the MRS Office for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees (PCMR) welcomed the group on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and thanked them for their services in the various dioceses in the United States.
The group thanked the bishops of the United States, under the current leadership of Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference, for the warm welcome they accorded to priests and religious from Africa. The group sincerely appreciated the bishops’ kindness for accepting them as ministers in their dioceses.
They expressed their solidarity with the bishops over the recent problems that the Church in the United States is going through. They pledged their prayers, and hope that at the end, the Church will emerge stronger and all will be for the greater glory of God.
The theme of the conference: “Making It Here Together,” captured the goodwill, the zeal and the enthusiasm of all African priests and religious ministering within the Church in the United States.
In that meeting they reviewed and deliberated on the document, A Call to Solidarity with Africa issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). They appreciated the thoughtfulness and efforts as expressed by the bishops in that document and the kind suggestions of the bishops toward addressing the African problems.
They also acknowledged and thanked the bishops for establishing the MRS Office for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees. With a deep sense of gratitude they appreciated the good and marvelous works this office has been doing and continues to do for diverse peoples.
African Clergy and Religious in the United States recognize in A Call to Solidarity with Africa, the bishops’ concern for Africa as a growing Church with tremendous challenges facing it. They, therefore, humbly requested that the bishops continue to help find ways to urgently address these issues of concern to the continent: refugees, displaced persons, poverty, diseases, burdens of debt, and promoting educational development. The group believes that unless immediate action is taken, untimely death awaits those who are caught in these unfortunate situations. They committed themselves to working with the bishops in their efforts to find solutions to the challenges facing the African continent.
They also pledged their services to the Church in the United States and committed themselves to assisting the bishops in the pastoral care of those entrusted to their care. They said that their various bishops and religious superiors in Africa who sent them to minister in this country are very grateful to their United States host bishops for their hospitality. They again expressed their gratitude and their commitment to the Church in the United States of America and, in prayerful good wishes, they humbly requested the bishops’ paternal blessings.
Prayer and Listening Meeting with the Sudanese “Lost Boys” at St. Augustine’s Parish, Richmond, VA
On September 1, 2002, the MRS Office of Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees (PCMR) at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) had a Prayer and Listening Meeting with the Sudanese “Lost Boys”. Present for this event were 67 Sudanese “Lost Boys”, 4 Sudanese “Lost Girls”; Fr. David Bergner, SDS, Executive Director, Catholic Charities, Richmond; Georgeanne Schmidst for Refugees and Immigration Services; Mary Lou Maple, the parish contact person and twelve parishioners of St. Augustine’s Church of Richmond. Fr. Anthony McGuire, the Director of PCMR and Fr. Bergner concelebrated during the Eucharistic Celebration. The “Lost Boys” present came from Richmond, Norfolk, Newport News, Arlington Heights, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and various other cities.
During the listening session, the “Lost Boys” discussed on August 31 during a closed door meeting with Charles Kon, the PCMR Sudanese contact person. Some of the major issues raised included: education, community center, computers/ training, uniting families, workload/education/time, GED and ESL classes, and English language.
Fr. Bergner, the Executive Director, pledged to make a community center available to them. He will also contact his counterpart in Norfolk/Newport News to do the same. In this center, many other issues like the computers and the training, English language, GED and ESL classes will be taken care of. He promised to do all in his power to help with the problem of education and uniting families.
Fr. McGuire encouraged them to also meet with other immigrant groups to share stories and to realize that they can move ahead in the United States if they are willing to work. But, he noted, in the beginning they would have to work very hard. Joining together for support, patience and prayer are also important elements in this time of transition.
Sr. MaryPaul Asoegwu, Coordinator, Ethnic Ministries, of the PCMR who facilitated the meeting reminded the “Lost Boys and Girls” about the necessity of God and prayer in their lives. She encouraged them to go to church, receive the sacraments and be involved in the parishes. “Without God, our lives have no meaning,” she said.
News from Around the Network
Federation of Vietnamese Catholics in the USA Convention in Orange
From different parts of the USA and Canada, over 350 priests, deacons, brothers, sisters, seminarians, and lay leaders gathered in Orange City, California on June 28-30, 2002 to pray together, to discern the projects of the Federation, to continue a leadership formation process, and to celebrate the richness of Vietnamese Catholic gifts to the Church in this country. Msgr. Francis Pham Van Phuong, the PCMR National Consultant for Vietnamese Apostolate and the President of the Federation, led the convention. Fr. Anthony McGuire and Cecile Motus participated on behalf of PCMR. The joyful gathering was highlighted by a Eucharistic liturgy celebrated by Most Reverend Tod Brown of the Diocese of Orange in California where over 8,000 were in attendance.
Bishop Wenski Keynotes Chinese Catholic Conference
The Chinese Catholic Communities Across North America Convention 2002 opened on August 2, 2002 at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, DC with a keynote address, “Asian and Pacific Presence: Harmony in Faith” given by Bishop Thomas Wenski, Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Migration and Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Miami. Bishop Wenski emphasized the USCCB’s appreciation for the many gifts immigrants bring to enrich the Church in the United States and society at large. He said that the Church must be present, and must be a place of welcome for newcomers and ethnic communities. On the other hand, he challenged the Chinese Americans to be also present, to be active evangelizers and stewards for the Church.
Bishop Wenski’s presentation was followed by an update regarding the implementation of the pastoral statement presented by Cecile Motus of PCMR and Dr. Ruth Narita Doyle of Fordham University Department of Sociology. Translation of the pastoral statement into Chinese and Vietnamese is underway. Publication is expected by the end of September. The two speakers discussed the progress of the Asian and Pacific Task Force in planning the pilot Asian and Pacific Pastoral Institutes aimed at providing continuing formation for ethnic lay leaders starting in Spring 2003.
Our Lady of China Mosaic at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
On August 3, 2002, the mosaic of Our Lady of China, a gift from the Chinese American community, was dedicated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, was the main celebrant at the dedication Mass concelebrated with Bishop Thomas Wenski of the Diocese of Miami, Bishop William Lori of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Bishop John Tong of the Archdiocese of Hong Kong, and more than 40 priests. The Basilica was filled with Chinese American pilgrims and friends from all over the United States and Canada.
Mark Franken Speaks at Summer Institute for Building Inclusive Communities
Mark Franken, Director of Migration and Refugee Services, presented “In Harmony With One Another, A Welcoming Presence” at the Building Inclusive Communities Summer Institute of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on August 9, 2002. Aside from providing informative data about immigrants, migrants, and refugees, Mr. Franken highlighted the contributions of the immigrants. He provided a framework for the “Welcoming the Stranger: Unity in Diversity” pastoral statement and practical ways of creating welcoming parishes.
Our Lady of Good Health, Vailankanni National Pilgrimage 2002
His Excellency Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, the Apostolic Nuncio, celebrated the solemn mass during the annual pilgrimage to the chapel of Our Lady of Good Health, Vailankanni on August 17 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Organized by the Indian American Catholic Association (IACA), the pilgrimage marked the 5th anniversary of the dedication of the Oratory of Our Lady of Good Health, Vailankanni at the National Shrine. The PCMR National Consultant to the Asian Indian Apostolate and the President of IACA, Dr. Fred Semendy, proudly announced that choirs singing in English, Malayalam, Tamil, and Singhalese assisted at the Mass. The community reception following the Mass was held at the Atrium and garden of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) building arranged through Fr. Anthony McGuire.
Komunitas Katolik Indonesia Holds Jamboree 2002
Most Rev. Francisco Gonzalez Valer, Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington, celebrated the Mass for some 400 Indonesian Catholics from 13 cities in the USA at the opening of Jamboree 2002. The Bishop’s presence was a great honor for the Indonesian community which gathered at Little Bennet Park in Clarksburg, Maryland. Separate retreats led by Indonesian priests were held for the youth, the young adults, and the adult members on Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2002. KKI leaders from the 13 communities also held a meeting to follow up on projects discussed during the leadership seminar held in Lubbock, TX, earlier this year. Cecile Motus of PCMR provided clarification regarding the value of a national association of KKIs, the role of national consultants, and PCMR as a resource to ethnic communities.
Guidelines for Receiving Pastoral Ministers in the United States. This publication, originally printed in 1999 by the MRS Office for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees, has been revised to reflect updated information regarding visas as well as available resources. It also contains information on orientation, suggested procedures, and sample documents. It is a helpful resource for bishops and dioceses that are bringing foreign-born priests, religious, and lay persons to work in their dioceses. It will be available through the USCCB Publishing Services Department at a cost of $4.95 per copy plus shipping; Publication No 5-530 To order, call 1-800-235-8722. It is anticipated that a Spanish version will be available within the next six months.
Succeeding in America: Lessons from Immigrants Who Achieved the American Dream by Leticia Gallares-Japzon, TeamCom Books, Silver Spring, MD; phone: 301-847-7600; website: www.TeamComBooks.com.
A 16-minute video of Kmhmú ceremonies has been produced by the Kmhmú Catholic Community of Berkeley, CA. For further information, please contact Fr. Don MacKinnon, CSsR, or Sr. Michaela at 510-981-9005 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.kmhmu-catholic.org.
USCCB’s Publishing Department has produced a SPANISH Publications Catalog which is available free to interested persons. To order a copy, call 1-800-235-8722. You can also access the catalog on the USCCB website: www.usccb.org/publishing/finalins.pdf. You must have Adobe Acrobat to be able to view the file successfully.