In 1998 the Scalabrinians Missionary Sisters,
arrived in Johannesburg by invitation from the
Archdiocese of Johannesburg, to coordinate the
Department of Human Development and
From 2000, the refugee department became
independent and from this Pastoral Care opened
the doors to migrants and Refugees, focusing
specifically with the Portuguese and French
The reality of migration within our
Archdiocese is a very complex one. Some of
migration is voluntary although many
families/individuals are forced to migrate due to
economic, social and cultural challenges.
Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees
opened in 2011, for all communities of migrants
and refugees in the archdiocese, working
together in the spirit of Communion,
Participation and Integration.
In 2012 our
office moved into
is vital for the
expansion of this
June 2013, the Scalabrinian Priest joined
Pastoral Care to work as a Vicar for the
SOCIAL AND ECCLESIAL are the two main
focuses within the department of Pastoral Care.
Our Aim is to promote a Catholic
spirit of bringing people together from
many different nationalities, languages,
ethnicity and traditions.
To promote dialogue, to
welcome and integrate
migrants and refugees
within the local
strengthening their faith
in the spirit of the new
1. Formation agents/Coordinators
2. Direct Attention & Skills to
3. Pastoral Care in Parishes
4. Liturgy and Celebrations
5. Home visits
6. Empowering Mothers and their children
through intervention programmes.
Study of the social Doctrine of the Catholic
Church(Erga Migrantes Caritas Christi, & others documents of the Church).
Providing training and support meetings to
volunteers and Parish Coordinators.
Creating Material support.
Guidance and information for
Migrants/Refugees on catechisms, liturgy, etc.
• Individual assessments
• Counseling and Spiritual support.
• Advocate for the rights of migrants and refugees.
• Data-base registering the needs and support
provided for migrants, refugees and their
families and or relatives.
Legal Assistance (DHA transport, LHR transport, translation & SAQA)
Health Assistance (transport to hospital , trauma clinic and others)
Education (uniforms, stationary and school fees)
Emergencies (food parcels, funeral transport, repatriation, small enterprises,
Formation's Skills (Sewing, searching job opportunities and others)
Clothes, Shoes and blankets
• To animate and coordinate the Parishes already
existing Pastoral Care for migrants/Refugees (16
• To implement Pastoral Care in the Parishes on
request motivated by the Archbishop.
• Providing support to
Nigerian, French, Korean,
• Pastoral Care of Welcoming.
• Participation of
• On going visits to various Parishes to dialogue with
the parish priest to fortify and motivate PC.
• Elaboration of orientation guide to support PC in the
•Celebration of Migrants’ and Refugees’ Day.
•Celebration of popular piety (Patron Saint from
Country of Origin and other important dates).
•Retreats and religious activities.
•Support for prayer groups.
•Inter-religious prayer groups and dialogue.
Action taken by a group of Volunteers.
Support for the most Vulnerable families.
Visited more then 20 families on a monthly
bases. Most of the families are directly
connected to the Pastoral Care offices.
Pastoral Care supports the Social, Spiritual,
psychological, educational and physical aspects
of individuals needs.
Gross motor development
fine motor/cognative skills
Mothers and Children work together within
the stimulation programme
Mothers meet together (support group)
Empowerment to the Mother:
- How to work specifically with their own child
dependent upon their needs.
- How to recycle material to become
• Dialogue with local, national and international
Government (Home Affairs, Social
Development, Migrants Help Desk, SAP’s,
Clinics, LHR, UNHCR, City Hall, etc.)
• NGO’s & Organizations (Shelters,
Congregations, CSVR, Sophia Town, Sunshine
• Inter-religious dialogue.
• International Support to Mozambican migrants
(CEMIRDE – Bishop Adriano)
• Networking with Scalabrinian Sisters from
Mozambique, Angola and DRC.
The Department of Pastoral Care for Migrants
and Refugees, plays a fundamental part in
providing spiritual and social needs. The
merging challenges demand a constant
overview and openness to better understand
the reality of people on the move. The new
structure, provided by the Archdioceses
contributed to improve and to give priority to
Seeds migrate on the wings of
the wind, trees migrate from
continent to continent carried
by currents of water, birds and
all animals migrate, but more
than anything else people
15 YEARS of
serving the most
Vicar for the Department: Fr. Ivaldo Bettin, cs
Coordinator: Sr. Kadia A. Prigol, mscs
Vice-coordinator: Sr. Therese Musao, mscs
• Sr. Susanna Lee, Fmm
• Adrienne Matembatemba