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 )

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 )

USCCB sends 1200 Bibles to children in Arizona ( Read )

Archbishop Schnurr prepares hearts and minds in Cincinnati ( Read )

Catholic Charities Dallas organizes legal services for children ( Read ) ( Read )

Catholic Charities Baltimore offers to care for 50 children ( Read  )

Bishop Gerald Barnes on transport of migrants to Murrieta, CA ( Read )

Response from St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fontana, CA ( Read )

Marygrove College in Detroit ready to support refugee children ( Read )

Articles & Other Resources

USCCB Unaccompanied Migrant Children Resource Kit ( Here )

Ignatian Solidarity Network  “The Kingdom of Heaven Belongs to Such As TheseNEW!

NIJC Frequently Asked Questions (Read) NEW!

Don Kerwin on the need for representation for migrant children ( Read )

Don Kerwin on the migration of unaccompanied children ( Read )

Migrant Journeys in the Desert: "The Children" ( Read )

On Texas border, volunteers get to work to help flood of immigrants  ( Read )

Catholic church opens doors to immigrants ( Read )

CLINIC webinar: Catholic Church’s response to the crisis ( Webinar )

Myths & Facts ( 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 )


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 )

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

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


En Español

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



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