Atlanta bishop greets immigrants, encourages the homeless on Ash Wednesday

[Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta] Diocese of Atlanta Bishop Robert C. Wright spent Ash Wednesday greeting immigrants and encouraging people experiencing homelessness.

Wright began the day welcoming new immigrants prior to a naturalization ceremony at the Georgia State Capitol. The New Americans Celebration #NAC16 also included many naturalized citizens assisted by New American Pathways, an Atlanta-based affiliate of Episcopal Migration Ministries.

Episcopal Bishop Robert C. Wright began Ash Wednesday welcoming new immigrants prior to a naturalization ceremony at the Georgia State Capitol. Photo: Don Plummer

Atlanta Bishop Robert C. Wright began Ash Wednesday welcoming new immigrants prior to a naturalization ceremony at the Georgia State Capitol. Photo: Don Plummer

“My wife, Beth, who is from Jamaica, just recently became a citizen, so I get how important today’s naturalization ceremony is for all of you. Despite what you may read and hear in the news, please know that you are welcome, that I welcome you,” said Wright.

The immigrants and New American Pathways volunteers then took to the hallways of the State Capitol to lobby for welcoming policies. To learn more about this successful resettlement program click here.

Next, Wright visited Gateway Center, a 10-year-old program serving those in Atlanta experiencing homelessness. Gateway Center founding director Vince Smith took Wright on a tour of the 110,000 square foot center which use to serve as the Atlanta City Jail.

“Vince, your work at Gateway is an example of the work that we as Christians are given to do by our Lord,” said Wright. “To love and serve our neighbor’s, especially those who have the least. Thank you, thank you!”

Smith showed Wright through several of Gateway’s eight residential programs that serve 330 and hosts 12 on-site partners such as the Department of Labor, Veterans Administration, Mercy Care, Traveler’s Aid.

Gateway also operates 24/7 public services including showers, lockers, phones, a clothing closet, restrooms and an interfaith chapel. Learn more about Gateway and its services here.

Comments

  1. Lynn Huber says:

    I hope your bishop’s compassion is contagious and spreads not only throughout the church but the nation.
    Blessings,
    Lynn

  2. William S. Kinsland says:

    Blessed be Bishop Rob!

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