Prayer Vigil for Migrants and Refugees

On February 1st, exactly one month to the day since his Installation, Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes, the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, celebrated a special Prayer Vigil for Migrants and Refugees at Nativity Catholic Church in Brandon, FL. Nearly one thousand men, women, and children attended the vigil. Bishop Parkes spoke about the need to pray for our brothers and sisters fleeing war and danger in their native countries. Many of these refugees had their resettlement to the United States delayed as a result of President Trump’s Executive Order regarding suspending refugee resettlement from seven nations.
 
Background
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) charges Catholic Charities with resettling refugees in coordination with the U.S. Government’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The USCCB is one of seven organizations the ORR uses to resettle refugees. Over the past several years, 60-85,000 refugees have been resettled in the U.S. annually. Since 1975, …