Good morning everyone and Happy New Year.
I have some great and exciting news to report. We have confirmed the sponsorship of a Syrian family. They are from Lebanon and include a mother, father and 14 year old son. Prior to the Christmas break, I met with officials at the Office of Refugees in the Archdiocese of Toronto, and I am currently in the process of providing the office final documents and paperwork. It has been confirmed that we can receive the family here at St. Mike’s no sooner than next September and most probably no later than next January 2018.
In the coming weeks, I will be meeting with the Syrian Refugee Committee which includes staff, faculty and students from USMC, both graduate and undergraduate divisions, and will at that time review with the members further details about the family regarding their refugee status, their education, family history, personal considerations, etc.
Finally, as we continue to receive more information on their arrival, we will certainly forward it to you. In the meantime, I ask that you kindly and generously include in your daily prayers our family and their safe travels and arrival in the coming year.
Again, thank-you for your continued support and enthusiasm regarding our Syrian Family Sponsorship.
Director of Campus Ministry