Hearing and telling stories is how we learn about our histories, how we come to be who we are, and how we make choices that shape the future. This September, Pope Francis launched the Share the Journey campaign, in which he invites us all to “share the journey” with refugees and migrants around the world. The focus of the campaign is to see through the eyes of others rather than turning a blind eye. How can we “share the journey” with refugees and migrants here in Puyallup? Begin this journey by listening to the stories of others in our community, and also reflecting on your own journey.
To share your own story, contact Aleah at (253) 845-7521 or click here to send an email.
“I came to the US from Honduras five months ago. I rode on top of a train. We called it La Bestia (the Beast). After the train I walked in the desert for 10 days before I made it to the US. I don’t know what happened to the friends who came with me.” ― W.G.
“My mother’s side of the family came from Great Britain and Germany in the 18th and 19th centuries. They came because there was so little opportunity to make a living in their home countries. One ancestor settled in Massachusetts and was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. They came West on the Oregon Trail and became wheat farmers in Eastern Washington.” ― A.P.
“I only moved here from Vancouver, BC, and I didn’t have many of the usual problems that make it hard to settle in a new place, like language barriers or culture shock. But just having the distance between myself and my family, my friends, my career, and the home I left behind was difficult. Over the last 7 years I’ve created a new community, and this parish family is a big part of that community.” ― R.M.