In the 1960s the Scalabrinians arrived in Belgium to assist Italian migrants employed in the iron and steel industry and the coal mines. During the 1980s and the 1990s, the Scalabrinian missions took up pastoral care similar to “Parish” work. The continuous efforts of the Scalabrinian Missionaries and lay people are now addressing the needs of a multi-ethnic society.
Currently, Scalabrinians are present in 3 Ethnic Chaplaincies (La Louvière, Marchienne-au-Pont, and Quaregnon)
The Scalabrinian presence in France started before World War II to assist Italian migrants. New and dynamic elements in the Scalabrinian landscape in France were the foundation of the Centre d´Information et d´Études sur les Migrations Internationales (CIEMI) in Paris in 1975, which influenced French society and European Institutions.
Currently the Scalabrinians are promoting intercultural ministries through 12 Ethnic Chaplaincies (Grenoble, Hayange, Herserange, Marseille, Paris, Pierrelaye, St. Etienne, St. Ouen L’Aumône, Villeurbanne).
The Scalabrinian presence in Germany began in 1957, with the massive inflow of Italian workers. At the end of the 1990s, the Scalabrinians felt the need for new pastoral paths, beginning with some patterns of inter-communitarian pastoral care. The pastoral activity is dynamic and important because many of our communities are well attended and well organized. Nevertheless, the aging of the personnel and the reforms carried out by local Churches are new challenges for a specific ministry to migrants.
Currently, the Scalabrinians are present in 11 Ethnic Chaplaincies (Frankfurt, Köln, Ludwigsburg, Munich, Stuttgart and Waiblingen).
Traditionally Italy is a country of emigration. Today´s immigration poses several challenges to the country. Its southern border has made it an easy target for undocumented immigrants. Regional conflict has fuelled an increase in those seeking work and asylum in Italy and, from there, other countries. Meanwhile, non-traditional sending countries are providing a growing number of immigrants, further diversifying Italy’s immigrant population. This new immigration scenario brought about a radical reconsideration of the Scalabrinian mission in Italy and a thorough renewal of the pastoral projects.
Currently Scalabrinians minister in the following areas:
- 10 Parishes (Brescia, Milan, Osimo, Ravenna, Reggio Calabria, Rivergaro, Roma, Siponto)
- 6 Pastoral Care for Migrants (Bassano del Grappa, Brescia, Piacenza, Roma, Siponto)
- Apostleship of the Sea (Ravenna)
- Center for Migration Studies of Rome (CSER)
- 3 Formation Houses (Bassano del Grappa, Roma)
The Scalabrinians started their presence in Luxembourg in 1946, in the mining and metallurgical basin, in Esch-sur-Alzette. In Luxembourg, the Italian communities continue to organize themselves with parish-like pastoral services, whereas the driving force of our presence seems to be the pastoral care for the Portuguese.
Currently the Scalabrinians are present in 5 Ethnic Chaplaincies (Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg Ville and Schieren)
Scalabrinians assisted Portuguese communities abroad since 1965 in Argentina, Uruguay, United States, Canada, France, Luxembourg, Italy and Australia. The Scalabrinian presence in Portugal began in 1971, with the opening of a seminary and the establishment of a multicultural parish in Amora, Dioceses of Setubal. Since 2000 the Congregation has cooperated with the Portuguese Catholic Service for Migration of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Portugal.
Currently the Scalabrinians are present in a Parish in Amora.
The Scalabrinians began their presence in Spain in 2008 to support the National Commission for Pastoral Care to Migrants of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Spain. Currently the Scalabrinians have 2 Parishes in Azuqueca de Henares.
Scalabrinian presence in Switzerland has increased in the last few years, taking over some positions that were previously run by Bonomellian Missionaries. In the 1970s the Scalabrinians in Switzerland were enriched by two important services: the opening of the Centro Studi e Ricerche per l´Emigrazione (CSERPE) in Basel, with the intention of giving a contribution of study and reflection to the Swiss and German society; and the organization of theology classes for Italian lay people, taken over by the Swiss Bishops’ Conference itself, for the training of lay pastoral operators. In 2006 the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN) opened its representation office at the United Nations and International Organizations in Geneva.
Currently the Scalabrinians are present in the following ministries:
- 11 Ethnic Chaplaincies (Affoltern Am Albis, Basel, Bern, Chur, Genève, Rorschach, Sankt Gallen, and Solothurn)
- Center for Migration Studies of Basel (CSERPE)
- Representation Office of the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN) in Geneva
The United Kingdom is a further area of attraction for migrants. The Scalabrinians have been present here since the early 1950s, although assistance to the Italians in large cities (particularly in London) was already assured by other priests. Beyond the pastoral activities in 5 Ethnic Chaplaincies (Bedford, London, Woking and Peterborough), the Scalabrinians currently publish a fortnightly magazine and are running an Assistance Center to Elders in Shenley.