Refugees and Immigrants: Welcoming the Stranger in Tough Times

March 20, 2017

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Gaston Hall,

Georgetown University

What are Catholic and religious teachings on refugees and immigrants? What is the Catholic Church doing and advocating? What are the human, pastoral, and policy impacts of recent executive orders, new policies on deportation, and political rhetoric on these issues? What constitute legitimate security, economic, and other concerns, and how can we respond? A range of experts, advocates, immigrants and refugees will come together to discuss these questions and more.


  • Fr. Leo O’Donovan, S.J., president emeritus of Georgetown University and interim executive director for Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.
  • Bishop Ricardo Ramírez, C.S.B., bishop emeritus of Las Cruces, NM, and member of USCCB Committee on Migration and Refugee Services.
  • Alfonso Aguilar, president of the Latino Partnership for Conservative
  • Principles and former director of the Office of Citizenship.
  • Aden Batar, a Muslim refugee from Somalia who is immigrant and refugee resettlement director for Catholic Community Services of Salt Lake City.
  • Ashley Feasley, director of policy for the Office of Migration Policy and Public Affairs at the USCCB.
  • Abel Núñez, director of the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) and recipient of Georgetown’s John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award.