El Paso Border Immersion

Dates: January 2020

Program Coordinator: Mr. Perry

Program Description: For five days, we will support the efforts of our Jesuit parish (Sacred Heart) in El Paso, visit local service agencies, explore deeply the issue of immigration and migrant rights, and seek to better understand Catholic Social Teaching. This program is directed by the Jesuit Province. A passport is required for the morning of our third day which will be spent at partner agencies on the Juarez side. During the program we will reside at the new Jesuit social justice immersion border retreat center. Students will learn the skills necessary to reach beyond borders and form meaningful relationships with people from another cultural paradigm or community, welcome the stranger, and listen/accompany those who are marginalized.

Our itinerary will include:

  1. Annunciation House
  2. National Border Patrol Museum
  3. The Center for Agricultural Workers on the Border
  4. Casa Puente
  5. Border Tour
  6. Discussion with Sister Janet Gildea (local border expert)
  7. Discussion with Fr. Peter Hinde (local migration expert)
  8. Movie – El Norte (evening viewing and discussion)
  9. Mass with Bishop Seitz (formerly of St. Rita)
  10. Community Service Project (a project that directly aids our parish)

Requirements: As this program fulfills your junior service experience requirements, we will also complete an immigration service project in Dallas, as well as attend preparation meetings and a mini-retreat.
The cost of the trip will be $1250 and includes:
Roundtrip airfare
Community service programs at both service sites
Ground transportation
Travel insurance
Contribution to our Province and Parish
Housing and Meals
The initial deposit $500 is due with submission of Financial Agreement Form. The remaining balance will be applied to the FACTS account and due before travel.
Financial aid is also available. Families will receive the aid form when student is accepted to the program.