Refugee Ministry

Let us not forget the flesh of Christ which is in the flesh of refugees: their flesh is the flesh of Christ.
Pope Francis

Each year thousands refugees come to the Canada seeking to make a new life for themselves. Victims of war, oppression, and political turmoil, refugees come seeking the opportunity to live in peace, safety, and freedom. Upon arrival in Canada, they face the challenge of starting lives anew, often with little more than just a few material possessions. They must immediately attend to basic needs, such as food, clothing, shelter and jobs, while learning a new language and navigating the many cultural variations in our society. Consequently, there is a great need for people who are willing to help facilitate the integration of newly arriving refugee populations into our society.

The Diocese of St. Catharines has an active Refugee Ministry and has two refugee centres (Casa el Norte and Chez Marie Refuge) that offer a number of services to our brothers and sisters in need.



Gathering of Syrian families and friends, August 12, 2017 at St. Patrick's Parish, Niagara Falls.

Syrian families and friends gather at St. Patrick’s Parish


Ananias Mission gathering at St. Patrick’s Church

Join Ed Wethli and Jennifer Allison of Ananias Mission on St. Patrick’s Church on Saturday, August 12th. Ed and Jennifer will be joined by a group of thirty or more people from the Pittsburgh area who are potential donors and supporters for Syrian refugee sponsorship projects. They are making the trip especially to meet with Syrian newcomers, pastors and parish […]


Ananias Mission: How one man started a mission to resettle refugees

Ed Wethli welcomed a Syrian refugee family into his home and kick-started an international movement. Thomas Gabriel, a Syrian refugee, considers the events of the past three years nothing short of a miracle. In 2014 he and his family faced likely death in the Syrian war. Now Gabriel lives peacefully in America with his wife and two boys. It’s not […]


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