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Migration and Refugee Services aids immigrants

By Charlene Scott-Myers
Southwest Kansas Register

Catholic Social Service opened its satellite office in Garden City July 1, 1975 with three employees.  But only a few weeks after it opened, the employees realized a new need: resettlement of Southeast Asians through Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.
The Asians had fled the war-torn countries of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, and their imminent persecution under the new Communist regimes.
“Bishop Marion F. Forst requested Catholic Social Service (CSS) to assist in providing refugee resettlement to the peoples who had fled their homelands,” said Levita Rohlman Rupp. 
“The parish model was the preferred method for resettlement, and parish leaders were invited to consider the task,” Rupp recalled.  “In many ways it was like our adoption process as we matched refugees to parishes and their resources.”
Several parishes around the diocese sponsored refugees and assisted with all that was necessary for them to relocate to a new land and a new life.  Parish assistance came in the form of housing, employment, language classes, car pooling students, grocery shopping, and learning to drive.
“It was very risk-taking for some of the parishioners who had no experience with people from foreign lands,” Rupp said.  “But at the same time it was very faith-rejuvenating for parishes as they lived with new neighbors and checked in on them for weeks.” Most of the refugees were Catholics in Vietnam, so attending Mass and the sacraments were vital for their adjustment.  Visiting priests often celebrated Mass in the apartments or homes of the first refugees and offered times for confession in their native tongue.
Don and Clarice Kliesen of Dodge City were another example of hospitality in the diocese, offering a mobile home on their property, “the Ole Fishing Hole.”
“We were able to relocate a small Vietnamese family, who were fishermen by trade, to live there while working for the Kliesens,” Rupp said.           
Catholic Social Service in Garden City resettled 431 Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian refugees from 1975 through 1982.  Most of the original refugees have moved to other parts of the United States, “but they always remember their sponsors and their first hometown in the USA,” Rupp added.            
“I am extremely proud of the Faith-In-Action parish leaders and volunteers who made resettlement work in Southwest Kansas.  They were the loving presence felt by refugees torn from home, family, and everything familiar.
“Our refugees were led to a new home and new hope through the acts of kindness and generosity of our fellow Catholics, who became the face of Jesus to the stranger.”
Catholic Social Service ended its relationship with direct refugee resettlement in 1982.  The diocese continued to support the resettlement of refugees directly into Southwest Kansas through the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB).  Rupp assumed the role of directing resettlement efforts from 1982 through Dec. 31, 2013. 
During those years, refugees arrived from countries of Cuba, Bosnia, Somalia, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Burma (Myanmar). 
“These refugees were joining families or friends already living and working in Garden City, Liberal, and Dodge City,” Rupp said.  “The parish model was foundational in resettlement, but as refugees moved to the area for job opportunities, they took responsibility in sponsoring their family members.”
The USCCB provided the Reception and Placement monies to assist in resettling refugees after 1982.  The Catholic Agency for Migration and Refugee Services was an affiliate of the USCCB until the end of 2013.
“Thousands of refugees got their first start in Southwest Kansas and continue to grace the landscape with their culture, food, and language,” Rupp said.
With the advent of immigration reform, Rupp hopes to continue working with peoples from many nations and backgrounds as they navigate the complexity of the immigration system.
“Refugees, migrants and immigrants have blessed my life, and my cup runneth over,” she said. 
“My thanks to Sister Frances Biernacki for her missionary spirit when we opened our Garden City office in 1975.  She introduced me to ‘mission work’ and openness to different cultures and their traditions, values and dreams.  ‘For I was a stranger, and you welcomed me.’”

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Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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