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A Quiet Sunday Morning

We are deeply grateful to God for the privilege of being here and living with such outstanding people in Mexico’s most violent city. We see the evidence of this on a daily basis. When the victims turn out to be friends, …

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Education Amidst Violence

The Columban Study Center in Anapra, Mexico I recently met the sparkling and energetic Cristina, who manages for the Columbans, a library and study center for 385 school-aged children in Rancho Anapra, the residential area covered by our Columban parish …

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Processing Lives in El Paso

In a recent visit to the detainees at a holding facility run by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), here in El Paso, Texas, I received my visitor’s badge from the armed security officers, and we greeted each other …

Categories: border blog, Juarez / El Paso |

Video: Immigration- a New Perspective (Mission Exposure Trip)

From October 16-23, 2011, 9 students from the Creighton Center for Service and Justice visited the Columban Mission Center in El Paso, Texas. They learned about immigration, human rights, the environment in the context of the U.S.-Mexico Border. Upon their …

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My Friends Call me Crazy

A few weeks ago I visited Rancho Anapra, the western part of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico – known to be the most dangerous city in the entire world because of the competing drug cartels.  As I entered the place I never stopped thinking of the …

Categories: border blog, Juarez / El Paso |

As Mexican cartels respond to pressure, priests face death, extortion

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (CNS) — Ministering in a city where crime is pervasive and murders occur at an alarming rate, Columban Father Kevin Mullins knows he’s been very fortunate. While he has personally escaped the violence, …

Categories: border blog, Juarez / El Paso |

Bishop Ochoa Blesses the Columban Mission Center in El Paso, Texas

Over one hundred guests heard languages from all over the world in the early evening breezes, transforming the outdoor Mass in El Paso, Texas, into a Pentecost-like event.  The wind made the paper flags of different countries ripple loudly over …

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Faith Encounters the Ecological Crisis

The Columban Mission Center in El Paso began an 8-week Just Matters course entitled “Faith Encounters the Ecological Crisis”. The course is being facilitated by Columban Father, Bill Morton and is offered through the Young Adult Ministry of the Diocese of …

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Like sister, like mother, like son!

Border Blog:  22 September 2011 Fr. Al Utzig and I went to the local premier of a documentary in downtown El Paso, Texas, that relates the history of the wave of violence that is sweeping over Juárez, México since 2006.  …

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Reflection on the Mystery of God’s Presence

After the 3 months of language studies in Cuernavaca I returned to my place of assignment, Corpus Christi Parish, Rancho Anapra, Juarez City, Mexico. Juarez belongs to state of Chihuahua. I arrived in Anapra on the 28th of February 2011. …

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