Human Dignity and Solidarity

Recursos para migrantes y refugiados

We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome. Let us remember the Golden Rule: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ (Mt 7:12). This Rule points us in a clear direction. Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves. In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities. The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us.

— Pope Francis, Address to Congress, September 24, 2015

During these uncertain times, the Archdiocese of Chicago stands with immigrants and refugees. May our communities of faith promote a spirit of hospitality, respect, and solidarity. We invite individuals, families, and parishes to review the resource library below and consider how they can learn, pray, and take action.

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich’s Statements

  • Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, on the Administration’s Family-Separation Policy – June 20, 2018 (Español) (Polish)
  • Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich on the Catholic National Call-in Day to Protect Dreamers – February 21, 2018 (Link)
  • Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, on the Executive Order on Refugees and Migrants (Link) (Español)


  • Declaración del Cardenal Blase J. Cupich, Arzobispo de Chicago, con relación a la Orden Ejecutiva sobre Refugiados e Inmigrantes (PDF)

Archdiocese of Chicago Immigration Ministry

  • 2020 Census Toolkit for Pastoral Leaders (PDF)
  • 2020 Census Toolkit for Priests (PDF)
  • Pastoral Migratoria ® Peace Circles and Resources for Pastors (Link
  • Educational resources, advocacy efforts, prayers and reflections (Link)
  • National Migration Week resources (Link)
  • Donate to support the work of Immigration Ministry (Link)
  • DACA Rescinded - 7 Things You Need to Know (PDF)
  • Family Reunification Fund (Link)

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago

  • Msgr. Boland, president of Catholic Charities, sends a letter to DHS (PDF)
  • Refugee Resettlement Services (Link)
  • VolunteerBridge: Service Opportunities Supporting Immigrants and Refugees (Link)
  • Monsignor Boland’s Statement: Reaffirming Our Commitment to Supporting Refugees and Immigrants (Link)

USCCB: Justice for Immigrants

  • Family Separation Resources (Link)
  • Urgent Action Alert: Send Message in Support of Immigrants to President Trump and Congress (Link)
  • Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration (Link)
  • USCCB Chairmen Express Solidarity with Muslim Community, Deep Concern over Religious Freedom Issues, in Response to Executive Order on Refugees (Link
  • Know your Rights Bilingual Videos (Link)
  • Resources for Family Participation in the Central American Minor (CAM) Program (English | Español)
  • 10 Things You Can Do to Accompany Undocumented Immigrants (English | Español)
  • The Importance of Registering with your Parish (English | Español)
  • How the Catholic Church Can Assist Immigrants and Refugees (English | Español)

Catholic Relief Services

  • Central American Migration: Family Separation / Migración Centroamericana: La Separación Familiar (Link)
  • Responding to the Refugee Crisis (Pray – Learn – Act – Give) (Link)
  • Syrian Refugee Crisis: 7 Things You Can Do to Help (Link)
  • Donate to CRS (Link)

In the News

  • Cardinal Blase Cupich on the Separation of Immigrant Children (WTTW – Chicago Tonight, June 21, 2018) (Link)
  • “Cardinal Cupich, local leaders respond to executive order on refugees and migrants” (Chicago Catholic, January 30, 2017) (Link)
  • “It’s immigrants who have made America great” (Chicago Tribune, January 09, 2017) (Link)
  • “Cupich on immigration: ‘Let’s see where Christ is leading us’” (Chicago Sun-Times, January 08, 2017) (Link)
  • “U.S. bishops to immigrants: We stand with you” (Chicago Catholic, December 11, 2016) (Link)

Other Resources


National Immigrant Justice Center

  • Know your Rights Webinar (Link)
  • Request a Legal Consultation (Link)
  • Conoce tus derechos (Link)

American Immigration Lawyers Association


  • CRS: To Reach Across Borders (Link)
  • Collected Prayers for Immigrants (Link)
  • A Prayer for Immigrant Children (Link)
  • Pilgrims of Solidarity (Link)
  • Message from Pope Francis for the 2019 World Day of Migrants and Refugees (Link)