On the Margins: At the Intersection of Catholic Thought and Migr

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“On the Margins: At the Intersection of Catholic Thought and Migration,” will take place January 11, at 3 p.m. in the Law School auditorium at The Catholic University of America.

Co-sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), this is a panel discussion featuring a number of experts in the fields of Catholic thought and immigration.

Panel 1: “Let the Children Come to Me”: Stories of Migrant Children, U.S. Migration Policy, and the Catholic Church

This panel will look at the experience of child migration in its various manifestations, including that of unaccompanied migrant and refugee children, and that of DREAMERs and DACA recipients. To do so, it will provide an opportunity to hear their stories, including the reasons why they left their homeland, their experience in transit, and their reception here in the United States following their arrival.

Panelists include:

  • Sister Norma Pimentel, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley
  • Ashley Feasley, Director of Migration Policy and Public Affairs for the USCCB

Panel 2: The Globalization of IndifferencePope Francis and the Catholic Response to Migration

The issue of migration has proven a central topic of concern throughout the pontificate of Pope Francis. He has repeatedly called on us all to open our hearts to migrant populations who often experience great suffering throughout their migration process. This panel will examine his teaching on migration in the context of the larger Catholic social teaching tradition, and look at some of the ways in which this tradition has influenced the bishops’ development of migration-related policy here in the United States. 


  • V. Bradley Lewis, Faculty Fellow at The Institute for Human Ecology
  • Father Richard Ryscavage, S.J., Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University

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