Dying to Live Book Study

Summer Book Study

The Migration Refugee Committee is offering a three-week virtual book study Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm, June 11th through June 25th. We will read and discuss Dying to Live: Stories on the Road to Freedom, a new book co-published by Jesuit Refugee Service that gives the very personal stories of people who have been forced to flee their home and see a better life.  The sessions will be one hour in length - 7:30 to 8:30 pm.

Dr. Sarah Griffith will join us for the last session to answer questions and offer concluding remarks. Dr Griffith is an Associate Professor in the History Department at Queens University in Charlotte. She  teaches courses in mid to late-19th and 20th-century United States history with specializations in comparative race and ethnic studies, Asian American studies, and Pacific Rim transnationalisms. In addition to her contributions to the Department of History, Dr. Griffith also offers courses on contemporary refugee crises, migration, and resettlement as part of the Queens’ general education program. Off campus, Dr. Griffith recently served on the Board of Directors for the Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency and the Board of Directors for the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice.   

This book can be ordered from Amazon or through Jesuit Refugee Services at bowman.com or toll free at 1-800-462-6420.

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After you have signed up, a zoom link will be sent to you. 






Click here to see a SHORT VIDEO about "Why It's Important to Advocate for Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees?"

  • Catholics are called to stand with immigrants and refugees as our brothers and sisters. This is who the Catholic Church is. This is what we as Catholics do. This is pro-family, pro-life.
  • Pope Francis invites us to be part of a culture of encounter as we welcome, protect, integrate, and promote immigrants and refugees in our midst.
  • Immigration is about real people who are trying to find a better life and a new beginning. It’s about more than statistics, it’s about families. As Pope Francis stated, “Each migrant has a name, a face and a story.”
  • Welcoming immigrants is part of Catholic Social Teaching and reflects the Biblical tradition to welcome the stranger.
  • The Catholic Church has been welcoming immigrants and refugees to the United States since the nation’s founding and has been integral to helping them integrate into American culture.

There are currently more than 70 million people around the world who have been forcibly displaced from their homes due to political instability, violence, and other reasons. We must continue to stand in solidarity with our refugee and migrant brothers and sisters. 
See more at Justice for Immigrants

A beautiful companion piece that provides meditation and prayer with refugee stories is Blessed are the Refugees: Beatitudes of Immigrant Children by Scott Rose and Leo J. O'Donovan, SJ. (available at Amazon)