Welcome to the Refugee Pastoral Care Website
The Refugee Pastoral Care is a commission for the Catholic Archdiocese of Durban established to deal with foreign nationals in the area of the archdiocese. The organisation focuses on providing pastoral services to all foreign nationals who need it.
The commission has been in place since 1999 but became fully operational in 2002 and since then has been under the guidance of Fr. Stan Augustijns. Several programmes are in place to assist our disadvantaged refugee brothers and sisters.
The website helps to outline these programmes and keeps our clientele updated with new developments. A quarterly bulletin is published and can also be accessed on this site.
What we do
In this context our ministry with refugees and asylum seekers can be described as follows: Our firm belief in the God-given dignity of each person leads us to welcome and accompany these displaced. It is based on a holistic understanding of the person that addresses pastoral, material and social needs. The catholic pastoral dimension is centered on the sacramental and spiritual life of those to whom we minister. The material and social dimensions encompass a broad spectrum of activities which are carried out in collaboration with the displaced themselves and in cooperation with the local church and likeminded people and agencies. The goal of our ministry is to empower the person and to heighten awareness of the dignity of our refugees and asylum seekers as children of God, in their own eyes and in the eyes of others.