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Archbishop Quinn greeting refugeesImmigration:
Welcoming the Stranger

We are one  human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological  differences. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be.  Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world. At the core of  the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace. Pope Paul VI  taught that “if you want peace, work for justice.” The Gospel calls us to be  peacemakers. Our love for all our sisters and brothers demands that we promote  peace in a world surrounded by violence and conflict. (USCCB/What We Believe)

Archbishop John Quinn with Vietnamese refugees at SFO 1976.  Photo: Daniel DeGeannaro/Catholic Charities; Archives of San Francisco Archdiocese (AASF).

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Catholic resources, and upcoming events.

Archbishop Cordileone's Letter to Pastors:

English                                                                                 Spanish    
Immigration Letter to Priests and DeaconsJan 27 Letter re Immigrants - Spanish

What to Do

Upcoming Events:

Rapid Response Training
April 24, 6:30-8:30 pm

Stanford University, Building 300, Room 300 (Main Quad), Stanford
Learn how to become a trained legal observer to verify and document raids.  For more information, visit the Facebook event here.

Accompaniment Training: Walking with Families facing Deportation

April 25,6:30-8:30 pm

First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco,  1187 Franklin St., San Francisco

Learn how to support undocumented individuals who are facing deportation and how to direct these efforts toward a broader impact through public campaigns.  Please RSVP.  Email questions to

Immigration Reform Archbishop Cordileone

Additional Resources:

Plan for Accompaniment and Education, January 2017 | Plan de Acompañamiento y Educacion, Enero 2017

Ash Wednesday Statement on Immigration from the California Conference of Catholic Bishops English | Spanish

"Hundreds turn out to support immigrants on inauguration week," by Christina Gray, Catholic San Francisco, February 1, 2017

Statement of Archbishop Cordileone to U.S. House and Senate Judiciary committee hearings on immigration
July, 2015

Catholic Charities San Francisco/Marin/San Mateo Refugee & Immigrant Services

California Catholic Conference of Bishops (CCC) on Immigration

"Welcoming the Stranger: Practical Advice for the Undocumented," CCC Because we are Catholic Series

"Acoger al Forastero: Consejos Prácticos para las Personas Indocumentadas," CCC Porque nosotros somos Católicos

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops  (USCCB) on Immigration

Justice for Immigrants USCCB website

National Council of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Position Statement and Frequently Asked Questions on Immigration

"Family Preparedness Plan" / "Plan de Preparacion Familiar": an 11-page packet from Immigrant Legal Resource Center (, including a Children's Caregiver's Authorization Affidavit / Declaración de Autorización de la Persona Responsable del Cuidado del Menor.

“Where is your brother” (Gen 4:9): this question which God asks of man since his origins, involves us, especially today with regard to our brothers and sisters who are migrating: “This is not a question directed to others; it is a question directed to me, to you, to each of us.”

~ Pope Francis, July 2013 (at Lampedusa)

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