The Irish Apostolate USA was established by the Irish Bishops’ Conference and is the responsibility of the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants.  Most Reverend John Kirby,, Bishop of Clonfert, is the Chairman of the Council. Ms. Joanna Joyce is the Emigrant Officer of the Council.  (For more information on IECE – see the home page.)

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. (Paragraph 70)

As the Irish Apostolate USA relates to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, an Episcopal Liaison is appointed by the Bishops’ Committee on Migration.  The first Episcopal Liaison was Bishop Raymond Boland, currently bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Kansas City/St.Joseph, Missouri.

Bishop Raymond Boland has been a great advocate for the Irish immigrants in the United States during his tenure as Episcopal Liaison.  For many years he was also involved in the Northern Ireland peace process.  Although Bishop Boland retired in 2005, he still visits the Irish Immigration Pastoral Centers when he is in their area.

In 2005, Bishop J. Kevin Boland, Bishop Emeritus of Savannah – and brother to Bishop Raymond – became the Episcopal Liaison to the Irish Apostolate USA.  In this capacity, Bishop Kevin Boland meets with the Irish chaplains to hear about the pastoral, social, and immigration needs of the Irish immigrants across the United States and offers guidance and direction.  Bishop Boland reports on these issues to the USCCB Secretariat for Cultural Diversity.

The Irish Apostolate USA is partially funded by the Support Irish Abroad campaign initiated by the Irish bishops in 2004 to care for Irish emigrants living abroad.  The Irish Apostolate USA’s programs are in part supported by the Irish Abroad Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The Irish Apostolate USA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and complies with the tax laws of the United States Internal Revenue Service.


The information and data published on the website is strictly for informational purposes.


Please note that the information contained on this website is provided to inform generally, and is not intended to serve as legal advice or a legal opinion upon which you are entitled to rely. Immigration law is subject to frequent change and individual circumstances can affect the application of certain legal provisions. For individual legal advice, please consult with an immigration attorney or seek advice from one of our Irish Immigration Pastoral Centers found on this website under Regional Offices.

Safeguarding Children


The Catholic Church has always demonstrated a concern for children.  The Irish Apostolate USA is committed to ensuring that children served by our organizations are not at risk of sexual abuse by the Church personnel.  All of the priests involved in pastoral care have been cleared by their arch/dioceses for ministry on a yearly basis.


In addition, the Irish Apostolate USA complies with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ policy on safeguarding children.  The entire document, Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People Essential Norms, Statement of Episcopal Commitment, Revised June 2011 can be found on the USCCB website: