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9/25/2017 1:48:00 PM
Bishop O'Connell to hold listening session with immigrant community to mark launch of 'Share the Journey'

Coming Together

On Sept. 27, Pope Francis will launch the “Share the Journey” campaign, a two-year program of Caritas Internationalis to promote encounters between people on the move and people living in the countries they are leaving, passing through or arriving in.

Meeting migrants and refugees and listening to their stories – and having them listen to the stories of people in their host communities – mean the walls people have erected in their minds and hearts should begin to fall, said Michel Roy, secretary general of Caritas Internationalis.

“You may be afraid of migrants as a large group of people coming in, but when you meet a migrant, then you have a different vision,” he said. Listening to their stories makes it clear that “they are human beings, they are human beings who have suffered much; they’ve left a situation where they could not live anymore because of violence, conflict or just because of misery.”

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The Diocese of Trenton will begin its participation in Pope Francis’ “Share the Journey” campaign Sept. 27, when Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., meets with individuals connected with the immigrant community who will tell their stories in a listening session.

Some 20-30 parish and social service staff and volunteers, along with representatives of the immigrant community from across the Diocese will gather in Ocean County to share with the Bishop and diocesan leaders their experiences and insight into how best to welcome those who are arriving locally from other countries. 

The Monitor will bring you a report of the Bishop’s listening session later this month on TrentonMonitor.com and in the Oct. 5 print edition.



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