VI International Forum on Migration and Peace

On February 21-22, 2017, the VI International Forum on Migration and Peace was held in Rome, with the theme “Integration and Development: From Reaction to Action.” The Forum was jointly organized by the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN), the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Holy See’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

Previous editions of the forum took place in Guatemala, Colombia, Mexico, the United States, and Germany. This year, in Rome, the Forum paid particular attention to the European migration crisis, with focus on both the refugees’ crisis management and the link between development and migration. These were two days of work with different sessions to go deeply into the topic and to find the best practices in Europe and America.

The overall purpose of the International Forum was to stimulate a high-level dialogue on the root causes of migration and to elaborate and propose the best solutions for an ethical approach on the international management of migration as well as the integration of migrants in hosting communities.

The Forum brings together senior officers of international organizations, academia, political representatives, members of civil society organizations working on migration issues and with associations of migrants and representatives of the Catholic Church from all continents.

During the audience that opened the two day Forum, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, demanded more solidarity with refugees and migrants. “I feel the need to express particular concern for the forced migratory movements, which increases the challenge presented to the political community, to civil society and to the Church, and which amplifies the urgency for a coordinated and effective response to these challenges. Our share response may be articulated by four verbs: to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate”, Pope Francis stated.

More than 65 million people worldwide are currently in need of international protection – many more are seeking a way to improve their life through migration. Last September the United Nations launched a process that aims at finding new mechanisms of solidarity with refugees and their hosting countries as well as better forms of regulating migration and supporting migrants.

“Scalabrinians have been working with migrants and refugees for 130 years. The time we are living presents serious concerns about migration issues. The aim of this Forum is to create a synergic approach in order to find a common and sustainable answer, showing and sharing good policies and practices present in the society,” affirmed Fr. Leonir Chiarello, executive director of SIMN.

Documents and videos of the forum, including the address of Pope Francis, are available online at

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2017

“A Catholic priest is not, however, Christ simply present in the man, which is a privilege of all Christians: he is Christ acting in the man, accomplishing a divine work of redemption; he is Jesus Christ speaking, Jesus Christ sacrificing, Jesus Christ forgiving, Jesus Christ saving everywhere, in the pulpit and in the altar…  filled with His dignity and His authority! Sacerdos alter Christus…” (Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini, 1892).

In these first months of 2017, we welcomed several new Scalabrinian missionary priests. Seven religious from the Theology of Bogotá were ordained to the priesthood. There were three ordinations in Indonesia: Emanuel Logo Like was ordained on January 20, Gregorius Primus Ama Maia (destined to our province) and Yosef Albertman Sadipun were both ordained on January 27. José Percy Cervera Araujo was ordained on February 4 in Perú. And three new priests were ordained in Haiti on February 25: Ernest Celestin, Félière Louis and James-son Mercure. In addition, another missionary destined to our province, Julián Zapata Betancur, was ordained on January 28, in Donmatias, Colombia.


We welcome two new priests to our Province: Fr. Gregorius Primus Ama Maia, c.s. and Fr. Julian Zapata Betancur, c.s. 

Continue reading

Farewell to Fr. Secondo Casarotto 

Arcugnano (Vicenza – Italia) 20/04/1941
Lanham (Maryland – USA) 19/03/2017

Fr. Secondo Casarotto passed away on March 19, 2017, at the Doctors Community Hospital of Lanham (Maryland – USA). Our sentiments to the sister of Fr. Secondo, Sr. Maria Teresa Casarotto, who is a religious nun in Italy.

His funeral will take place at Our Lady of Pompei Church in New York this Friday, March 24, 2017 at 10:00 am and he will join our deceased confreres at Calvary Cemetery, NY.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the confreres who have visited and given support to Fr. Secondo while he was in the hospital.  May our merciful Father welcome Fr. Secondo in his Kingdom. Let us offer our prayers for him.

Ordination to the Priesthood of Nguyen Van Hoang

Saturday, April 30th, 2016, Fr. Nguyen Van Hoang, destined to our Province, was ordained to the priesthood at St. Nino de Violago Chapel, in Quezon City, Philippines. Welcome, Fr. Hoang!

Ordination to the Priesthood of Juan Manuel Lopez Garcia

Fr. Juan Manuel Lopez Garcia was ordained priest on April 16, 2016 at Parish San José de San Julián, Jalisco, México. The 1st Mass was celebrated at Señor de la Misericordia, on April 17, 2016. We welcome Fr. Juan Manuel to our Province and keep him and his ministry in our prayers!