“As disciples of Jesus Christ, rooted in Gospel values and our rich Catholic social tradition, the Immigration Ministry of the Diocese of San Diego answers the call to welcome all immigrants in San Diego and Imperial Counties. In doing so, we build communion between immigrants and non-immigrants as brothers and sisters in Christ and accompany and empower immigrants toward their formation and integration as members of society and people of faith in the one family of God.

We strive to create a society where immigrants and their cultural gifts will be welcomed and celebrated, where their families remain united, and where they can rediscover deepen their faith, and become in engaged and involved in the judicial, economic and cultural transformation of society.”


Maria de Lourdes Valencia
Associate Director of Culture of Life
Phone: (858) 490-8323
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Christina Bagaglio Slentz, PhD
Associate Director of Creation Care
Phone: (858) 490-8327
cslentzEmail at
Efrain Casillas
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (858) 490-8324
ecasillasEmail at
Rev. Emmet (Emilio) Farrell
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