2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Although the Catholic Church has welcomed newcomers since the very founding of our nation, since 1965 alone MRS has assisted over 1 million refugees to begin new lives in the United States through its nationwide network of affiliated partner agencies.  In more recent years, MRS has greatly expanded its service network to respond to the plight of thousands of unaccompanied children and victims of human trafficking.  MRS has also been a leading advocate for fair and just policies, both nationally and internationally, that serve to protect and uphold the fundamental rights of migrants, immigrants, refugees, human trafficking victims, and other vulnerable persons on the move.  

Please join  us on November 19th, to help Migration and Refugee Services celebrate our 50th Anniversary!
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Thursday, November 19 • 9:00am - 9:30am
Opening Program and Remarks

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Welcome – William Canny, Executive Director of Migration and Refugee Services

Prayer – Most Rev. Eusebio Elizondo, Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle, Chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on Migration

Opening Remarks - Most Rev. Nicolas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, Bishops’ Committee on Migration, Former Executive Director of MRS


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William Canny

Executive Director, Migration and Refugee Services, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
William (Bill) Canny is the current Executive Director of Migration and Refugee Services. He has worked for over 25 years for agencies in service to the Catholic Church  and to refugees and migrants through his previous positions at Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the International... Read More →
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Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio

Bishop, Diocese of Brooklyn
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, the seventh Bishop of Brooklyn, is a forceful voice on behalf of migrants and immigrants, whose causes he has worked for through most of his priestly ministry. By appointing the Bishop to serve as the spiritual leader of the Diocese of Brooklyn, Pope John... Read More →
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Most Rev. Eusebio Elizondo

Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Seattle
Bishop Elizondo is currently Chairman of the Bishops' Committee on Migration and the Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle. He is the first Hispanic bishop in Seattle. He also serves as the Vicar General, the Vicar for Hispanic Ministries and the Vicar for Vocations of the Archdiocese.

Thursday November 19, 2015 9:00am - 9:30am EST
Grand Ballroom North Central