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Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 1:00 PM CDT
Friday, July 12, 2019 at 1:00 PM CDT

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El Paso / Ciudad Juarez  



Deacon Kevin McCarthy 


Suffering at the Border

El Paso, TX - Ciudad Juárez Immersion
July 6-12, 2019


This week long July immersion trip to El Paso,TX will expose you to the current realities at the US/Mexican border as thousands continue to flee to the US to escape violence and poverty in their own countries. You will have the chance to hear first-hand from immigrants, those who work with them, while also getting input from the Border Patrol and an immigration court judge. It is an opportunity to learn, judge, and analyze for yourself in light of the Gospel what our responses might be.  The trip is particularly designed for teacher, catechists, and other parish ministers, but is open to all who are open to learning and then sharing from what they have learned.  

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


 Program Includes:

  • Encounter and relationship building with individuals, families, and communities 

  • Orientation to social, political, and economic realities surrounding immigration

  • On-the-ground training in missionary discipleship

  • Professional development in engaging others in mission

  • Faith formation designed to ground service and

  •  outreach in the Catholic tradition and faith

  • Daily reflections and faith formation activities

  • Ongoing support and consultation before, during, and after the immersion

Program Cost

  • Accommodations at the Columban Mission, meals, and local transportation: $600

  • Participants are responsible for air travel to and from El Paso, TX airport

  • Passport required to cross the border (Visa not required) 

Contact Deacon Kevin McCarthy at 413-374-3861 or to apply/for more information