Resources for Priests and Parishes

Homily Aid: Preaching on Unaccompanied Children and Violence (English) (Spanish)

Facts Sheet: Unaccompanied Children at the Border (English) (Spanish)

Litany on behalf of unaccompanied children entering the US (English) (Spanish)

Petitions/General Intercessions (English) (Spanish)

Pulpit Announcement for donations to Catholic Charities (English) (Spanish)


The Archdiocesan Office for Immigrant Affairs, working in collaboration with the Priests for Justice for Immigrants in Chicago, are gathering financial donations to send to Catholic Charities in San Antonio/El Paso. Please make checks to Office for Immigrant Affairs, and send to 3525 South Lake Park Ave., Chicago IL 60653. Please be sure to write on the envelope and check: “for unaccompanied children.”

Catholic Pastoral Response

Pope Francis to the Mexico/Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development (English) (Spanish) ( CNA Article )

Pope Francis' Article " Jesus is waiting to be recognized in migrants" (English)

USCCB Letter to the Secretary of DHS Jeh Johnson (Read) ( USCCB Link )

Archbishop Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga Keynote Address at National Migration Conference 2014, Washington DC ( Read )

Cardinal George's Response (Read)

California bishops' statement (Read)

Texas bishops’ statement ( Read )

Archbishop of St. Antonio Gustavo García- Siller (Read)

Archbishop Schnurr prepares hearts and minds in Cincinnati ( Read )

Catholic Relief Services (Read)

Global Sisters Report - Catholics Respond (Read) NEW!

Articles & Other Resources

USCCB Unaccompanied Migrant Children Resource Kit ( Here )

The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Toolkit (Read)

Ignatian Solidarity Network Toolkit (Read)

America NCR: The American Exodus (Read)

At the border, Catholics stepped up while politicians dithered (Read)

Migrants still seeking help at downtown church (Read)

Bishops on the Border, pastoral responses to immigration (Read)

What A Typical School Day Looks Like For Children Inside A Federal Immigration Jail (Read)

Grant Pays Lawyers to Represent Undocumented Children (Read)

Detaining immigrant families is shameful (Read)

They Crossed the Border as Unaccompanied Minors to Reunite With Their Mom (Read)

Immigration judges: Deporting children can be a death sentence (Read)

America - NCR: "Deporting the Heart" (Read)

Reports and Studies

Bishop Seitz's testimony to the House Judiciary Committee ( Read ) (Video )

Report on USCCB mission to Latin America ( English ) ( Spanish )

Children on the Run: a study by the UN Refugee Agency ( Read )

CRS Report:Unaccompanied Children Fleeing Violence in Central America (Read)


Petition Prayers for Unaccompanied Children by Sr.Rose Therese Nolta, SSpS
(English) (Spanish)

PRAYER: Migration of Unaccompanied Children ( Download )

USCCB's Prayer for Migrant Children Card ( Download )

USCCB Prayer Intentions for Migrant Children (Here) NEW!

World Vision Prayers for Unaccompanied Children at the Border (Here)

Prayer for the Vulnerable / Oracion para las Personas Vulnerables (Here)

En Español

Vea la lista de recursos en el boletín de la Pastoral Migratoria (Aquí)

Take Action!

Send Electronic Postcard  "I am opposed to the use of family detention"



Let us remember Paul VI’s words: “For the Catholic Church, no one is a stranger, no one is excluded, no one is far away” (Homily for the closing of the Second Vatican Council, 8 December 1965). Indeed, we are a single human family that is journeying on toward unity, making the most of solidarity and dialogue among peoples in the multiplicity of differences."- Pope Francis