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Encounter experiences transform the hearts and minds of participants and open new perspectives about forced migration and asylum seeking by vulnerable people. By providing education, service, activities, reflection, prayer and community, the Encuentro Project motivates participants to engage in peaceful, effective action for greater justice and compassion for migrants and refugee persons as presented in Catholic Social Teaching. Visit the border region to gain a greater personal understanding.

Hear from past participants
in the Encuentro Project

Ken Donaldson

college student
University of Detroit Mercy

University of Detroit Mercy student speaks about service experiences in El Paso – Sophomore Ken Donaldson speaks about his service trip experience in El Paso

Rich Perry

Community Service & Social Justice
Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas

I have completed over 100 social justice immersion experiences, and this program was absolutely one of the very best. The program provides an upfront and close, personal encounter with the migrant experience. It was the right blend of reflection, prayer, work and discovery of local culture and conditions. The program is safe and very well organized. It’s ideal for students at the high school or college level.

Sue Robb

Pastoral Associate for Justice & Life
St. Francis Xavier, Kansas City, MO

Through the Encuentro Project, members from our parish, St. Francis Xavier in Kansas City MO, have been to the border four times. Each encounter has been a life-changing experience for the participants. The Encuentro Project offers an affordable, comprehensive, unbiased experience of what is happening to our brothers and sisters fleeing violence and oppression. 

Mary Pullano

Spanish Teacher
Georgetown Preparatory School

Working with the Encuentro Project was a transformative experience for my high school students and for me. The Encuentro Project provides a comprehensive look at the immigration issue through meetings with different groups including immigration attorneys, border patrol agents and community activists as well as the direct ministry to migrants in shelters. 

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