In November, 2017, on the Feast of Christ the King, St. Ignatius Parish San Francisco declared itself, along with St. Agnes Parish, a Sanctuary Community. Fr. Greg Bonfiglio issued a pastoral letter that summarized the process and discernment that lead to that declaration.
St. Agnes and St. Ignatius parishes in San Francisco jointly declared their status as sanctuary parishes in November, 2017. St. Agnes had previously declared; the joint statement was a reflection of the decision to issue a joint statement by the two Jesuit parishes in San Francisco.
In response to what was happening to migrants and refugees in early 2017, St. Ignatius Parish embarked on a discernment process to answer one question: Will St. Ignatius Parish declare itself a sanctuary parish or not? This is a brief summary of that process.