Refugee Services


Catholic Charities Refugee Services resettles more than 300 refugees each year, providing essential casework and resettlement assistance for a period up to eight months after arrival to those refugees who are resettled in Eastern Oklahoma. These services are offered in partnership with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Since the 1970s, Catholic Charities has assisted refugees from around the world through the Migration and Refugee Services program (MRS). Each year, through the love of Christ, the MRS program helps resettle refugees in the Tulsa area by providing and linking them to housing, community resources, medical appointments, cultural orientations, intensive case management, English language classes, and employment services. Catholic Charities believes in a holistic approach to providing services. The MRS program does not simply provide charity to refugees, it equips refugees with skills so they can become self-sufficient, contributing members of society. Our refugees work hard at the fundamentals: education, employment, and financial stability, all of which are vital life skills necessary for a successful future.

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Dcn. Kevin Sartorius, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Tulsa, addresses the differences in immigrants and refugees and what our refugee program does to help.


Spontaneous singing broke out at the airport on Valentine’s Day as we welcomed Burmese refugees to Tulsa with love.