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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.  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

Immigrant familyEmbracing Our Immigrant Families
Information and Resources
for Immigrant Families (in Spanish)

                 Lista de documentos

“Know Your Rights” and Legal Resources
"Conozca sus derechos" y recursos legales

*  Basic Guide for Immigrant Families
Guía básica para familias
*  Family Preparedness Plan
Plan de protección familiar y cuidado de menores
*  List of Legal Resources and Attorneys
Lista de recursos legales y abogados

What to Do

Upcoming Events:

New Sanctuary Panel At St. Agnes Church
Thursday May 25th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
1025 Masonic Ave. SF, CA 94117

Is your community wondering how to actually become a New Sanctuary Congregation? Join a panel of New Sanctuary Leaders to share their experiences. The panel will explain new sanctuary and the many ways that congregations can practice new sanctuary beyond housing individuals; Rev Penny Nixon, Senior Minister of Congregational Church of San Mateo, Natalie Terry, Director of the Ignatian Spiritual Life Center at St. Agnes Parish and Fr Richard Smith from St. John’s Episcopal, both in San Francisco, will share their congregations’ processes and Sarah Lee of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity will share from the organization’s many years of experience with this work. The panel will answer your questions from navigating politically diverse constituencies to dealing with logistical details. RSVP HERE.

Join a team of legal observers, moral witnesses,
and supporters of families affected by immigration raids!

Burlingame Training
May 30, 6:30PM @ Mercy Center
2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame CA 94010

Pescadero Training
June 20, 6:30 PM @ Pescadero Elementary School
620 North Street, Pescadero CA 94060

Immigration Reform Archbishop Cordileone

Additional Resources:

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

"'Fire and ICE: beyond sanctuary,"by Dean Kuipers,, April 26, 2017

"Call this hotline number if ICE is at your door," by Judy Silber, KALW Radio, March 8, 2017

"How St. Agnes church in San Francisco became the first Jesuit parish in America to declare itself a sanctuary," by Kaya Oakes, America Magazine, March 7, 2017

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

"San Francisco braces for possible immigration raids," by Sana Saleem,, February 10, 2017

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

"Calling all moral witnesses," by Andrew S. Ross,, 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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