This page is dedicated to providing updates on the current border crisis and the influx of unaccompanied refugee children.
December 1, 2016
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Designates the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe as a day of prayer and solidarity with refugees and migrants.
Pastoral letters to the faithful of the Diocese of Fort Worth on the unaccompanied refugees crisis. In addition, Bishop Olson requests that the unaccompanied refugee children be included in each parish’s Prayers of the Faithful.
Texas' Catholic Bishops are deeply concerned about the increasing number of unaccompanied children and mothers from Central America and Mexico who are crossing into the United States through our state. Some of these children, as young as four years of age, are reportedly being held in crowded conditions in Customs and Border Protection detention facilities until they can be processed and accepted into a temporary living shelter. So far this year, some 47,000 unaccompanied minors have been apprehended, with estimates that the number could grow to 90,000 by the end of September.
We must keep in our private prayers and in our intercessions at Mass these unaccompanied children and their families for they have endured a treacherous journey.
Reach out to our elected officials to remind them that this crisis is of a humanitarian character. Please ask them to direct our nation to work with the leaders of other nations to promote sound and just policies that respond to the violence and injustice that is at the root of this crisis.
One might put together a “Welcome Box” containing one each of the following items: Plastic shoebox-sized container, shampoo, conditioner, body wash/bar soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, brush/comb, pack of hair ties, deodorant and a small toy. Catholic Charities gladly accepts Wal-Mart gift cards of any amount. Any donated items and gift cards may be deposited on Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m at: Creating Hope Donation Center, 249 Thornhill Drive, Fort Worth, Texas, 76115
If you wish to open your home to an international youth in need, consider attending an informational session at Catholic Charities Fort Worth to learn more about the unaccompanied children foster opportunities. Contact Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Worth at 817-705-5562 or go to www.ccdofw.org for the next informational meeting date.