This week-long immersion experience to El Paso, Texas and Juárez, MX on July 22-28, 2023 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. It is an opportunity to learn, judge, and analyze for yourself, through prayer and the Gospel, how God is inviting us to respond to this difficult situation.

This trip is particularly designed for Deacons and other parish and diocesan ministers, but is open to all who are eager to learn and then share the experience with others.

Program includes:

  • Encounter and relationship building with individuals, families, and communities
  • Orientation to social, political, and economic realities surrounding immigration
  • Visit to Annunciation House to hear the stories of immigrants
  • Visit to the border between the U.S. and Mexico
  • Travel over the border into Juárez to see the work of local neighborhood based groups
  • Daily reflections and faith formation activities
  • On-the-ground training in missionary discipleship
  • Ongoing support and consultation before, during, and after the immersion

Participant requirements:

  • Participants must provide own transportation to and from El Paso, TX
  • Accommodations, breakfast and dinner are provided, but lunch is the responsibility of each participant
  • Current Passport with expiration date after final day of trip
  • Proof of complete Covid-19 vaccination
  • Donation of $925 per person suggested to cover trip costs (subject to change)
  • Non-refundable deposit of $100 due upon acceptance
  • Limited scholarships are available for those unable to make the full donation

If you are interested, submit the form below and we will be in touch with you for next steps. If you need help or have questions, contact Kris East at