Immigrant & Refugee Ministry

A ministry rooted in the example of Jesus Christ that welcomes the stranger and fulfills the commitment of the U.S. Catholic bishops to protect the life and dignity of the human person. We serve and advocate for immigrants, refugees, asylees, migrants, unaccompanied children and victims of human trafficking.

What we do:

Immigrant & Refugee Ministry (IRM) provides care and resources for immigrant families, and equips and empowers parishes to develop their own immigrant response programs. To date, this ministry has hosted regional Know Your Rights trainings, immigration summits, walking pilgrimages, vigil Masses, fund collections, listening sessions and other special events in an attempt soften hearts and bring comfort to immigrant families while advocating for their needs. In addition, we continually offer weekly services and access to sacraments inside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. 

Local Burmese refugees participate in a Share the Journey event.

Accomplishments since IRM's inception (2016)

  • Co-sponsor of four Annual Catholic Immigration Summits
  • Co-Sponsor of Walking and Witnessing Pilgrimage (1000+ participants, 4,300+ miles walked, 70+ parishes involved and 27 immigration formation events)
  • Co-Sponsor of Cultures United Community Festival
  • Sponsorship of immigrant and refugee youth soccer team
  • Consolidation of online resources for immigrants and allies on IRM website
  • Creation of visible Catholic solidarity via statements, e-mail networks, social media campaigns and advocacy alerts
  • Ongoing chaplaincy at Northwest Detention Center (ICE)

Immigrant & Refugee Ministry in Action

Consultative Leadership Groups:

Ukraine Welcome Circles

Learn how you can help welcome and help a Ukrainian family.

Immigrant & Refugee Resources


Chris Koehler

Director of Immigrant & Refugee Ministry

206-274-3194 |

710 9th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104-2017