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Memebers of St. Camillus in Silver Spring, Maryland, created an alfombras for their Via Crucis procession.
Leya Speasmaker

CLINIC’s Immigrant Integration Program Manager Leya Speasmaker joined Jacob Popcak on the Son Rise Morning Show in Cincinnati to discuss holiday traditions embedded in American culture that were brought to the United States by immigrants. This blog goes on to show how incorporating those faith traditions from other countries embodies the definition of integration.

Students on the culinary track of Building One Community’s Skills Development Program
Brian Tierney and Leya Speasmaker

Building One Community’s Skills Development Program is transforming relationships between immigrant communities and local businesses in Stamford, Connecticut. Launched in 2015, the program now offers three career training tracks: culinary, home health aide, and construction and landscaping. With significant support from local elected officials and community leaders, B1C’s Skills Development Program is helping immigrants adapt effectively in professional settings, while promoting acceptance and participation. It is truly a successful integration initiative.

 
 

Although Catholic institutions “remain extraordinarily robust,” their future success “will increasingly depend on immigrants and their progeny,” concluded a report by the Center for Migration Studies of New York, based upon two surveys: one among Catholic social and charitable institutions and one among parishes and Catholic schools.