Our Patron Saint is Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini, a shepherd to migrants. The Congregation of the “Missionaries of St. Charles/Scalabrinians” is a Roman Catholic community of priests and brothers founded on November 28, 1887 by Bishop John Baptist Scalabrini. They share in the mission of the church through their unique service to migrant and refugee people. They labour on a ‘grass roots’ level and those who suffer the trauma of migration and on a level of government and scholarship to sensitize society to the needs of those displaced and uprooted.
Prayer to Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini
Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini, you were chosen by God to become the faithful servant and guide to your people, the Apostle of the Catechism and the Father to the Migrants.
Guide us in our pilgrimage of life with the wisdom of your faith and the strength of your courage. May we face our daily struggles with the knowledge that in all that happens God’s divine love is at work in us. Lead us to fullness of life in Jesus, to harmony with one another and to openness and welcome toward our migrant brothers and sisters.
Listen to our prayer and entrust it to Jesus through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Extend your protection to all who live and work in foreign lands, and to their families at home. Assist us in sorrow and distress, so that, free from fear and with a joyful heart, we may give glory to God through Christ our Lord.