Chicago-Area Priests Travel To Texas-Mexico Border To Get A Look At Migrant Experiences

Bernie Tafoya
July 12, 2018 - 9:00 am

U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP, File

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Down at the Texas-Mexico border on Thursday, several Catholic priests from the Chicago area are seeing for themselves the experiences of migrants.

The priests include the pastors of the newly-formed San Jose Sanchez del Rio Parish in West Humboldt Park, St. Norbert Church in Northbrook, St. Nicholas Church in Evanston and Old St. Pat’s Church in the West Loop.

Fr. Tom Hurley of Old St. Pat's said he expects the two and a half day trip to be "eye-opening." Among Thursday’s plans, he said, "We are going to visit La Posada Providencia. We'll meet Sister Margaret and a team from La Posada. It's a shelter for migrants and asylum-seekers who come from all over the world and are housed here with families after being released from detention centers."

Fr. Hurley also said the six priests will be crossing into Mexico on Thursday to visit a migrant shelter and a medical center. They'll be accompanied by Bishop Eugenio Andres of the Matamoros Diocese.

The priests will not see any federal detention centers on the U.S. side.

Fr. Hurley said the group of priests had been invited to visit the border by the Chicago-based Catholic Extension Society which is the Catholic Church's missionary outreach to rural America.