Catholic Charities continues to Welcome Immigrants
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa affirms its commitment to welcome the stranger despite actions taken by the new federal administration. “We are deeply concerned by the implications of recent executive actions on our immigrant neighbors. We believe in the core values of Catholic Social Teaching which hold that all people are made in the image and likeness of God and that all people – including immigrants – are worthy of our respect and compassion,” said Len Marabella, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa. “We’ve been providing immigration legal counseling since 1979, when we were called upon to help settle refugees fleeing for their lives in the wake of the Vietnam War.
Today, the immigrants we serve are mostly our hardworking neighbors - real people who are trying to create a better life for their families. These are your coworkers, your children’s friends, the people who sit next to you at church or synagogue. The confusion and fear amidst our immigrant community is palpable, as many have families who are separated by borders or may face a divided family in the future. As Pope Francis stated in a recent letter to President Trump, ‘At a time when our human family is beset by grave humanitarian crises demanding farsighted and united political responses, I pray that your decisions will be guided by rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people and your nation’s commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide.’ ”
The Catholic Church has welcomed immigrants of all beliefs and cultures to the United States since the nation’s birth. And through Catholic education and Catholic Charities, the Catholic Church has integrated generations of immigrants into American culture.
In fact, we are a nation of immigrants. More than 40% of America’s largest companies were founded either by immigrants or the children of immigrants. America is a better country due to the contributions of immigrants.
“Welcoming immigrants and refugees is part of being Catholic and reflects the Biblical tradition to welcome the stranger that is embraced by many faiths. We remain steadfast in our efforts to welcome the stranger, and to help those we serve understand and navigate the changing landscape of our national immigration policies,” Marabella said. “We are immensely grateful for the support of so many in the community who stand with us.”
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa
987 Airway Court
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa has been serving the most vulnerable people in our community for 63 years. Our programs challenge poverty, protect the vulnerable and welcome the stranger regardless of religious background or country of origin. Our mission is enabled by the generosity of thousands of donors and volunteers every year. Together, we serve and bring hope to more than 20,000 people each year in the counties of Sonoma, Napa, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte. For more information, please visit our website at www.srcharities.org. (Pictures available upon request).