‘Every migrant has a name, a face and a story’. Pope Francis 

Refugee Week is approaching and the theme this year is Compassion.  Caritas Diocese of Plymouth would like to invite parishes and schools to use Love the Stranger’ - a new publication by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales –  to discuss and reflect on the challenges facing those who have left their homeland in search of a better life. Our communities have been enriched by the presence of families from all over the world. Love the Stranger is a call to action – not only to help those who come here, but also to facilitate and rejoice in their service to our society. 

There are many in our diocese who are responding to local needs and we want to bring parishes together to hear what is happening and to learn from each other. Parishes welcome those new to their community, reach out to asylum seekers, welcome families through community sponsorship, host Ukrainian families and much more. Come along to our online event to share your thoughts and hear from others on Wednesday 21st June from 6-7pm. Please register here or email 

Caritas can offer advice and resources to parishes wishing to explore further how to reach out to refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and trafficked people.  Just contact and we will be happy to help.

 St. Josephine Bakhita, pray for us.