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.




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 […]


Syrian Christian family waiting to move to Canada

They will be relocated at the Diocese of St. Catharines In recent weeks, the Pittsburgh Catholic has highlighted the plight of Syrian refugees and the story of Ananias Mission, a Pittsburgh-based organization working to help refugees resettle in safe areas. One of the families awaiting assistance includes Aboud Dali, his wife, Maral Hartunian, their two children and Dali’s parents, currently […]


Summer Camp Experiences for Refugee Kids

Ontario Camps Association is once again offering free one or two week sessions at an Ontario Summer Camp for refugee children, ages 4-15 who arrived in Canada between 2014 and 2017. If you are interested, please apply soon as space is limited. For information, go to Call at 416-485-0425 or toll-free 1-844-485-0425 or email: Thanks to the generosity of […]


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