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Missionaries of St. Charles

The Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Charles, also known as Scalabrinians, is an international apostolic community of religious brothers and priests of the Roman Catholic Church, founded in Piacenza (Italy) in 1887 by Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini.

Migrant Missionaries

We are committed to the promotion of human dignity and rights of migrants. We are called to be migrants among migrants, sharing in their journey, their struggles and their hopes, inspired by the example of Jesus, "In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me." (Matthew 25:40)

Missionaries for Migrants

Our religious congregation is present in 34 countries around the world. The Province of St. Charles encompasses 7 of those countries. Our missionary work includes advocacy and promotion of human rights of migrants, research and studies, migrants’ centers and pastoral services in multi-cultural parishes.


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The People we Serve

The world of migration displays a great variety of situations. Some groups of migrants preserve and develop the human and Christian riches of their ancestral heritage and so become a contributing force for the progress and enrichment of civil and ecclesial society. Other groups, instead, are still living the experience of migration in its most painful and discriminatory aspects. Even those who may have achieved a satisfactory economic position often remain in a poverty of rights, of recognition, of ability to communicate, and, above all, in a poverty of faith and religious spirit that is more painful than economic poverty itself.

In all this variety of situations, we remain faithful to our specific mission and keep rediscovering our charism, as we place ourselves at the service of those people whose conditions, needs, and longings are analogous to those that induced our Founder to give life to the Congregation.

Therefore, in a spirit of fidelity to the MANDATE he gave us and in keeping with the realities of the contemporary world, we dedicate ourselves to all those who, because of migration and out of real necessity, require a specific pastoral care. And in accordance with the will of the Church, the intentions of our Founder, and the history of the Congregation, we reaffirm our preferential option - from among all those we are to serve - for those migrants who are more acutely living the drama of migration.

We have the duty always to make sure that our existing works, and those we intend to take on, are truly in line with the specific purpose and vital needs of the Congregation.



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News and Events

"Ready to Stay" a webinar about immigrant legalization

"Ready to Stay" a webinar about immigrant legalization

Published: 3-Dec-2021

A comprehensive analysis of the us foreign-born populations eligible for special legal status programs and for legalization under pending bills

Upcoming Priesthood Ordination in Puebla

Upcoming Priesthood Ordination in Puebla

Published: 29-Nov-2021

Upcoming Priesthood Ordination of Deacon Efraín García Herrera, Santa Maria de Guadalupe Parish, Puebla, on Dec 18th, 2021

Making the world everyone’s homeland

Making the world everyone’s homeland

Published: 26-Nov-2021

28th November 1887-2021. Message for the 134 Anniversary of Foundation of the Congregation. Making the world everyone’s homeland

Lecture on International Migration

Lecture on International Migration

Published: 19-Nov-2021

2021 Fr. Lydio F. Tomasi, C.S. Lecture on International Migration; event starts on December 7, 2021 2:00 pm, don't miss out..

A balanced lunch for Venezuelan children

A balanced lunch for Venezuelan children

Published: 12-Nov-2021

The campaign is part of the strategic assistance alliance created by Red Recuperación and the Scalabrinian International Migration Network (SIMN)

Hunger increases globally during the pandemic

Hunger increases globally during the pandemic

Published: 6-Nov-2021

The 2020 economic crisis, largely stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, triggered one of the largest increases in hunger in the world



Jesus was a refugee

Painting Nicolas Poussin - The Holy Family in Egypt

The Holy Family were Refugees!

The migrant's homeland is the land that feeds him.
Migration is not a pleasure, but an absolute necessity and therefore it is a right.
Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini

Jesus was a refugee, a fact that should be remembered as societies deal with modern issues of emigration and immigration.
Pope Benedict XVI