What is the Encuentro Project?
The Encuentro Project is a collaborative and inter-congregational project involving Jesuits, Marist Brothers, and Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Family who are partnering to host groups on the US-Mexico border in El Paso.
Will someone from the Encuentro Project / Ignatian Solidarity Network be with our group the entire time?
Yes, Encuentro Project staff will lead our on the ground experience. ISN staff will provide logistical support and assist in the process of facilitating daily prayer and reflection on the experience.
Where will I stay?
The Encuentro Project owns a former convent (1837 Grandview, El Paso, TX 79902) that serves as a community living space for overnight accommodations, meals, and meetings. The building is three levels, 9-bedroom, 6-bathroom, with common areas, the project’s office and separate community space for the two Marist Brothers whose community is based at the Encuentro project. The building is excellent for our mission and is centrally located, approximately 1 1⁄2 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.
How will we travel around?
The Ignatian Solidarity Network will facilitate travel, including airport pick-up and drop off in rental vans through the time in the El Paso area.
Do I need to have a passport?
Yes, the group will travel into Mexico to meet with faith-based partners in Ciudad Juarez during the time on the border. A valid U.S. passport that does not expire within six months of January 2019 is required for participation.
Who is this encounter experienced intended for?
Our hope is to invite Jesuit parish members (parishioners, staff, Jesuits) to have an experience on the US-Mexico border that will provide seeds for continued education in their parish on immigration issues, encourage participation in the Campaign for Hospitality, and maybe even be the first step in the parish organizing their own group to El Paso to work with Encuentro.