Catholic Charities of Denver staff completed the first registered walk in Colorado as part of the Share the Journey campaign initiated by Pope Francis.
Staff participated in the two-year campaign that encourages people around the world to hold events in support of migrants and refugees, ending with a global walking campaign to show solidarity with displaced peoples. The United Nations Refugee Agency reported some 68.5 million people in the world are forcibly displaced, including 3.1 million asylum seekers and 10 million stateless individuals. Pope Francis asked all people to share in this journey with our neighbors—not only the ones closest—and stand in solidarity.
In Colorado, a group met at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge on Oct. 24 for breakfast followed by a walk around Lake Mary and meditation over the modern immigrant plight. Participants received a pamphlet of information about people who have received immigration services through Catholic Charities.
Tom Wanzeck, Catholic Charities Vice President of Operations, said that he participated in the walk to support Catholic Charities’ Immigration Services and learn more about what some immigrants and refugees might experience.
“After the event and reading the pamphlet sharing a story of a migrant family, I more fully appreciate the extreme challenges of the migrant community that we serve,” Wanzeck said.
Staff from Denver, Pueblo and Colorado Springs also led a walk on Oct. 3 in Pueblo, Colo. Together, Catholic Charities of Denver staff logged 37 miles for the Share the Journey campaign in Colorado.