Border Immersion

Visit the Columban Mission Center on the United States-Mexico Border.

Situated in El Paso, Texas, the Columban Mission Center hosts groups from all over the world to experience life on the border. The Mission Center staff offers border awareness programs to visiting groups and facilitates their contact with organizations and institutions who work on the front line of border issues including poverty, migration, human rights, and environmental justice.

The Center often serves as a venue for talks, courses, and workshops for the local community. They also foster an environmentally friendly atmosphere and promote a sustainable lifestyle. The Mission Center has solar panels on its roof that provide for most of their electricity throughout the year. They also encourage composting and saving water through conservation in everyday tasks, and model alternative ways to keep the house cool in the hot summer sun.

Columban missionaries live and serve in Cuidad Juárez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, therefore groups have the opportunity to cross the border into Ciudad Juárez to visit the Columban Parish, Corpus Christi, and witness life in the border city.

The Columban Mission Center offers life-giving and graced opportunities for personal growth and clarity:

  • Learn about border issues, human rights, and sustainable living.
  • Visit institutions and community organizations that assist migrant populations.
  • Pray and reflect on your experience through spiritual guidance.
  • Stay in an eco-friendly center and learn about environmental justice.

Testimonies: 

  • “The stories we heard have forever changed the way I think about the reality of the U.S.-Mexico border.” – Creighton University student
  • “My experience was enlightening and life changing. I learned to open myself to God and to open my mind and try to understand the situation of immigrants.” – Korean-American youth group participant

Download the Columban Border Awareness Trip Flyer
Download a Columban Border Awareness Highlight Sheet (prepared by a college group)
Download a Columban Border Awareness Trip Daily Journal (prepared by a college student)

For more information:

Columban Mission Center
816 Magoffin Ave. El Paso, Texas 79901
Phone:(915) 351-1153
Email: cmc@columban.org

Check out their Facebook for daily updates of life on the border!