Meet the group who visited El Paso and Juarez in November 2018
Join us to experience the U.S./Mexico border
A Note from Vicki Schmidt About their Recent Trip to El Paso/Juarez in November, 2018:
This morning we attended the border mass which is held at the wall on both sides of the wall. I will say more about that eventually, but want you to know if you hear on the news about a horde of Guatemalans planning to break through the wall at the mass, it is not true.
The original plan is that Border Patrol/Dept of Homeland Security was planning to open the gate of the 18 foot fence between the US and Mexico so a common altar could be placed in the opening and Eucharist could be shared. At the last minute that was rescinded and the gate was kept shut. The Border Patrol when questioned said Washington told them not to open the gate because a horde of Guatemalans was planning to crash through the gate.
That is absurd. First of all, there were hundreds of border patrol present. But reality? There was no horde. There were people of faith reaching through the fence to pass the peace or ask God’s blessing on each other. There was no horde of people but love and joy beyond measuring. I will post some videos when I get a chance.
I repeat. There was no horde of anyone. It was a bold faced lie to get people scared. A border patrol agent we met earlier this week who was present at the border mass today said the orders came from Washington to keep the gate closed, and he said they don’t understand what is happening on the border. That is the truth of this situation.
From the Diocese of El Paso, where the border delegation went to visit:
Starting this Monday, Nov. 5th, we will need groups to help us in preparing meals for our Migrant Families (especially lunch and dinner, but breakfast is also welcomed). If you can stay to serve the meal, wonderful, if not, we can get volunteers to serve. We ask all Parishes, ACTS, Knights of Columbus, and other Ministries, to ask your groups if they would be willing to prepare a meal for our Hospitality Shelter. Food would need to be prepared at home for approximately 100 people. Your help and prayers would be most appreciated. If interested email
firstname.lastname@example.org and she can put you on the schedule. Thank you for your prayers and generosity.
Thanks and God Bless.
Contact Vicki Schmidt @
email@example.com to learn more about future delegations.
Since the influx of more than 57,000 children who illegally crossed into the United States at the Mexican border in 2013, there has been renewed interest in the issues of US Immigration policies and their effect on those seeking asylum. In January, 2014, a delegation of 17 people traveled to El Paso and Juarez, MX through Abriendo Fronteras-Opening Borders.
Vicki Schmidt led the group of seekers, mainly from Mayflower United Church of Christ, Miinneapolis, MN, but which also included people from New Mexico, California and Washington. The group was hosted in El Paso by Father Robert Mosher, a Columban Father, and delegates were housed at the Columban Fathers Mission House. Daily reflections helped the group process the many faceted program, and all were changed by the experience.
Elsewhere on this web site the blogs of travelers are posted, and also narratives about various presenters were written up and presented at Mayflower Church after the group returned home. Pictures with captions help show visually some of the activities.