June 29, 2012

Upcoming Events
July 11- Catholic Volunteer Network Intern Day of Service – Washington, D.C.

July 25- USCCB Faithful Citizen Workshop for Interns – Washington, D.C.

July 27- Closing Celebration for Summer Advocacy Interns

Columbans bring Christ’s message of love and hope to the communities in which they serve in 15 countries across the globe.  We invite you to experience Columban mission at the U.S./Mexico Border.

The Columban Center for Advocacy & Outreach in Washington, D.C, and the Columban Mission Center in El Paso, Texas, work collaboratively to organize mission exposure trips to allow individuals and groups to experience Columban mission firsthand, meet people in communities where Columbans live and serve, and discover their own baptismal call to live mission.  Week long trips to the Columban Mission Center in El Paso, Texas, offer university and parish groups the opportunity to:

  • Stay in our ecologically responsible and sustainable mission center;
  • Learn about human rights, poverty, and immigration issues;
  • Meet and hear stories from migrants and refugees;
  • Witness immigration court proceedings;
  • Visit organizations that provide hospitality and legal assistance to migrants;
  • Work in the community garden and engage in local service;
  • Pray and reflect on each day’s activities.

Meet our Columban Mission Center (CMC) team who facilitate the border immersion experience:

  • Fr. Bob Mosher, CMC Director, draws upon his nearly 30 years of experience as a missionary in Chile, including human rights work during the Pinochet dictatorship.  Fr. Bob leads reflections and talks about Catholic Social Teaching and helps participants place the border experience in relation to one’s own Christian lifestyle.
  • Fr. Bill Morton, Vocations Director, has worked and lived for years on both sides of the border.  He has struggled for justice and dignity, especially with local communities such as the residents of the Lomas del Poleo community in Anapra, Mexico, working to protect their land rights against large economic interests.
  • Ariel Presbitero, Columban Lay Mission Coordinator, assists in accompanying visiting groups.  Ariel is a former Columban lay missionary from the Philippines who spent six years in Peru and six years in Brazil.
  • Sr. Peggy Denewith, SC, Administrative Assistant, has lived at the border for years and serves migrants in a clinic she helped found with the Sisters of Charity in the Anapra neighborhood, near the Columban parish of Corpus Christi.

Fall 2012 dates are available:

  • September 1-8
  • September 16-22
  • October 28– November 4
  • November 25– December 1
  • December 9– 15
  • Spring 2013 dates are coming soon.

Visit to apply. Call 301-565-4547 or e-mail for additional information.

If you are unable to join a trip but would like to learn more about these and other programs and how to support them, please visit our website and go to “Gifts to Give.”