Update from the Borderlands

Dylan Corbett, executive director of HOPE Border Institute in El Paso, gives a video update (36 minutes) from the Mexican border with a focus on:

  • The “Remain in Mexico” policy and the latest data on arrivals to the border;
  • Border policy, racism and the recent mass shooting in El Paso on Aug. 3;
  • An invitation to stand in solidarity with El Paso.

Please click here to view this video.



Two Opportunities to Visit the Border –

Learn and Experience What’s Happening Firsthand

  1. Jornada Por La Justicia – Oct. 11-13 in El Paso TX

This weekend teach-in, sponsored by the Hope Border Institute, will offer first-hand experience with what is happening to immigrants on our southern border. It will include interaction with immigrants, educational modules and reflection about what can be done. You don’t need to know Spanish!

  1. Border Service Trip – Nov. 16-21 in McAllen TX

The Center for FaithJustice is sponsoring a service immersion trip to McAllen, TX to the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center, run by Sr. Norma Pimentel. Volunteers will perform various tasks (sorting clothing, making toiletry bags, making sandwiches, doing laundry, cleaning, etc.) to help Central American families seeking asylum who have just been released from detention and are en route to their US sponsor to await an asylum hearing.

If you are willing and able to participate in either of these opportunities to learn more about what is happening at the border, please email smaryann@feliciansisters.org


The Franciscan family in Belgium has reached out about their effort to ring bells for peace on October 4th at 2pm, “the hour of the Friday Prayer of Muslims. In commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the inspiring meeting of Saint Francis of Assisi and Sultan Al Kamil of Egypt, with this ringing of bells we want to express solidarity and worldwide connectedness.”

Additionally, this effort includes an invitation to religious communities to come together with other communities of another religion to simply meet each other in peace. In different Belgian cities, Muslims and Christians will come together to meet each other. Already 170 actions in 13 different countries worldwide are registered.

Please consider taking part in this event.  More information can be found at the website: www.franciscancall4peace.org.