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Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM CDT
Monday, July 24, 2017 at 1:00 PM CDT

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El Paso / Ciudad Juarez 



Kevin Foy 
Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers 
5128 Hyde Park Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60615


Border Fence Encounter2017 Summer Immersion Trip to El Paso/Juarez 

 Join us for a cross-cultural mission immersion  trip to learn  more about the realities of the  border between Mexico and  the U.S.


This trip is sponsored in collaboration with the Columban Fathers through their Columban Mission Center in El Paso, TX


PLEASE NOTE:  Couples traveling together must each register separately so that we have complete contact information for each person.


Children El Paso

El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico are communities joined at the hip but separated by border.  Join us for this opportunity to observe, learn about, and put a human face to border issues and explore the realities, complexities and interconnectedness of these two cities.  See first hand how economic and immigration policies affect people in Mexico as well as the United States and explore how we are linked to our Mexican sisters and brothers in the bonds of global solidarity.

Immersion trip includes:

  • Pre-trip orientation

  • On-site introduction to the cultural, economic, and political realities of the border, led by local community and Pastoral leaders

  • Seminars on the current realities and context of mission in Mexico and around the world

  • Daily communal prayer, liturgies and theological reflection

  • A look at the ministries of the Church in El Paso, including outreach within the El Paso Diocese and the Church of St. Patrick in the Canutillo Colonia and other programs for recent immigrants

  • Visit, prayer, and reflection at the US side of the border fence

  • Post-trip debriefing and reflection, including on how to incorporate the experience into your ministry

  • Credits for Continuing Education

Estimated costs and travel particulars:

  • Arrive on the afternoon/evening of July 19th
  • Departure in the afternoon /evening of July 24th
  • Accommodations at the Columban Mission Center, meals, and local transportation included in trip cost of $575 (estimated)
  • Participants are responsible for air travel to and from El Paso, Texas airport
  • Passport required to cross the border for the Mass at the Juarez Cathedral (Visa not required)
  • $100 non-refundable deposit to hold reservation