Irish Apostolate USA

The Irish Apostolate USA is an umbrella organization for the Irish Immigration Pastoral and Outreach Centers that liaises with the Irish Bishops Conference, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Irish government, other Catholic organizations, and other immigration entities.


Our Mission

The Irish Apostolate USA is a collaborative effort of the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants of the Irish Bishops’ Conference and the Bishops’ Committee on Migration of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The duty of caring for migrants falls on the host Bishop, however, in a spirit of communion as outlined in Erga Migrates Caritas Christi and for the better coordination of pastoral activity. It is ‘unthinkable’ that the Churches of arrival and departure would not collaborate with one another.

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Services for Immigrants

We rely mainly on the skills and resources of the immigrants themselves who volunteer their time and energy. In addition, we build relationships with professionals within our communities who have particular expertise for particular needs. Our structure is on a firm foundation of community service, motivated by faith and made effective by strong professional support and up-to-date resources.


Pastoral Care

Welcoming the stranger, a characteristic of the early Church, remains a permanent feature of the Church of God. Welcoming the stranger is thus intrinsic to the nature of the Church itself and bears witness to its fidelity to the gospel.

Prison and Detention Ministry

Prison and detention ministry outreach are coordinated in collaboration with Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas (ICPO), Maynooth, Ireland. Chaplains and other Pastoral Center staff visit those incarcerated or detained in U.S. facilities to provide whatever support the person might need.


National IAUSA Coordinator

Kristopher Keating

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“May I appeal to your Christian spirit and ask those of us who can, to reflect on how we might better share our talents, or resources, or both, for the good of those who are less fortunate than ourselves.”

Bishop John Kirby / Read Full Article
July 2015