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Mass of Thanksgiving and Commissioning Ceremony to be Held on September 18

Chicago, IL (September 14, 2009) – The new Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education will launch Pastoral Migratoria, a new initiative with the Mexican Consulate, that will provide immigrants with resources and information through a ministry of leadership formation and service, on Friday, September 18, at 7 p.m., at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 3200 East 91st Street in Chicago. 

The celebration will include a Mass of thanksgiving and a commissioning of 70 Pastoral Migratoria leaders from seven parishes:  Our Lady of Guadalupe in Chicago, Immaculate Conception on East 88th Street in Chicago, St. Kevin in Chicago, St. Anthony in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood, St. Francis De Sales in Chicago, Annunciata in Chicago and St. Victor in Calumet City.  Most Rev. Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop, and Manuel Rodriguez Arriaga, General Consul of Mexico, will participate at the celebration.

One aspect of Pastoral Migratoria, an immigrant-to-immigrant ministry, is to improve the accessibility of the Mexican Consulate’s Network of Information, Support and Prevention services to local immigrants who are Mexican citizens.  This information, such as preventive health, identity documentation, housing, and educational support, will help immigrants better adjust to living in the United States.  Trained immigrant parishioner leaders will now be able to accompany fellow immigrants through their adjustment period, give back to the community and fulfill the Christian baptismal call to help people who are in need.

The Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education of the Archdiocese of Chicago is coordinating Pastoral Migratoria and the Mexican Consulate is providing technical training and professional support for their resources.

For more information please contact Elena Segura, Director of the Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education of the Archdiocese of Chicago, 312-534-5333.

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