Welcome to the Media Center. Here you will find the latest news and information from the companion effort in the U.S. to Caritas Internationalis’ “Share the Journey” initiative launched by Pope Francis on September 27, 2017. Press releases, news coverage, spokespeople and media contacts are at your fingertips, as well as background information on the causes of migration and what is being done to address the problem.
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Bill O’Keefe, Vice President, Government Relations and Advocacy, CRS
Bill O’Keefe oversees Catholic Relief Services’ efforts to change U.S. foreign policy in ways that promote justice and reduce poverty overseas. This involves lobbying Congress and the Administration on a range of foreign policy issues and educating Catholics in the United States about international issues and involving them in public campaigns for policy change.
Caroline Brennan, Senior Communications Officer, CRS Global Humanitarian Response Team
Caroline Brennan serves as an emergency correspondent from the frontlines of crises in some of the most devastated parts of our world, from upheaval in the Middle East to catastrophic natural disasters in Nepal and the Philippines. Caroline has worked across four continents and 22 countries, documenting people’s pursuits to overcome adversity and lead empowered lives.
Jean Biel, Senior Vice President for Programs and Services, Catholic Charities USA
As the Senior Vice President for Programs and Services since 2005, Jean Beil, is responsible for program development, implementation and evaluation for Catholic Charities USA, the national office for the network of more than 2,500 Catholic Charities agencies and institutions working to reduce poverty in America and serving over 8 million people of all faiths each year. A transplant from New Jersey, Jean worked for local Catholic Charities there for over 18 years. Jean is a licensed clinical social worker with experience in mental health and services to homeless individuals and families. She has dual master’s degrees in Social Work from New York University and in Religion from LaSalle University.
Bill Canny, Executive Director of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Migration and Refugee Services
Bill Canny is the executive director of the department of Migration & Refugee Services at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He joined USCCB/MRS in May 2015. Bill brings with him a demonstrated commitment to—and a wealth of experience in—providing service to migrants, refugees, and others in need. He has lived and worked in Niger, Djibouti, Burkina Faso, India, Switzerland and Haiti. He has served as Secretary General of the International Catholic Migration Commission, COO of the Papal Foundation and in various leadership roles within Catholic Relief Services, including as Director of Emergency Operations for the period including the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.
Media Relations Manager, CRS
Director of Public Affairs, USCCB
Patricia (Trish) Cole
Vice President, Communications
Catholic Charities USA
Communications Manager, USCCB/MRS
In the News
Cardinal Tagle says everyone has a little migrant in their soul. Catholic News Service
As U.N. General Assembly convenes, a progress report on world’s refugees. By Kevin Clarke, America Magazine.
Pope to faithful, ‘Share the Journey’ with migrants, South Texas Catholic
“Share the Journey” Campaign for Refugees Announced, The Quandrangle
‘Share the Journey‘, by Archbishop Thomas Wenski
Attitudes on Refugees Can Change If We ‘Share the Journey‘, by Archbishop Thomas Wenski