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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

Embracing 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:

Know Your Rights and Deportation Defense Workshops:

Sunday October 22, 2017
San Bruno Parish
555 San Bruno Ave, San Bruno
Spanish Mass 10:00am ~ Workshop 11:30 am

Sunday November 5, 2017           
Holy Angels Parish
107 San Pedro Road, Colma
Spanish Mass 10:00am ~ Workshop 11:30 am             

Sunday November 12, 2017
All Souls Parish                  
315 Walnut Avenue. South San Francisco
Spanish Mass 12:00 pm ~ Workshop 1:00 pm

TPS informational event

Sunday November 12, 2017
St. Anthony of Padua in SF
Cesar Chávez and Shotwell Streets, San Francisco
Spanish Mass 12:30pm ~ Informational Event 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Immigration Reform Archbishop Cordileone

Additional Resources:

Archbishop Cordileone's statement on the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) September 5, 2017

Declaración de Reverendo Salvatore J. Cordileone, Arzobispo de San Francisco, sobre la cancelación del programa de Acción Diferida para Jóvenes Migrantes (DACA) 5 de Septiembre de 2017

California Catholic Bishops Support SB 54, The California Values Act: Cite Importance of Public Safety, while Questioning the Wisdom of Indiscriminate Deportations," Statement from Bishop Jaime Soto, Sacramento, President of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops, August 23, 2017

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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