TBD – Potentially January 2020
We will be hosted by Craig Johring, founder of Hope of the Poor. Craig has served the poor and worked with mission groups in Mexico City for over ten years. You can read more about Craig and his amazing mission work here. Fr. Rob will also be leading the trip; he’s served with Craig on several trips to Mexico City and Alaska.
The goal of our trip is to encounter Christ in the poorest of the poor: in street kids and the elderly, infirm women and families living in the trash dumps of Mexico City (pictured on right). We will visit Our Lady of Guadalupe at the National Basilica, the most visited pilgrimage site in the entire world, each day we are on mission. Our lodging and meals will be provided through a retreat house run by religious sisters. Each day will include Mass, meals, encounters with the poor and small group reflection.
(Alumni with the families of Mexico City, 2019, overlooking the hole that was once Sandra’s home as a teen living on the streets- Sandra in forefront in green)
(it is our intention to be in service as much as possible, but will have time to see various sites in Mexico City)
Day 1: Arrival mid-morning; meal at convent; National Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Day 2: Service at Home for abandoned women/street ministry with homeless of Mexico City
Day 3: Service at the Trash Dumps
Day 4: Ministry day/tour day TBD
Day 5: Departure
$350-$400 est.– does not include airfare
Price includes the following: Lodging, most meals, and in-country transportation.
Price does not include: Airfare, immunizations and travel medications, passport/visa expenses, or other personal incidentals.
Airfare note: We did not add airfare as many alumni may not travel from the DC Metro area. This allows all participants to find best rates from the city they would depart from without having to come through DC. We will have a set time line we would need participants to arrive in Mexico City, and we will suggest airline options for departure from DC if you wish to try to travel as a group. Please do not arrange your flights until we have confirmed the times for arrival and departure.
This trip is limited to 25 participants – we will take reservations as a first come first served. A wait list will be formed upon filled reservations, as it is likely some may have to cancel and waitlist participants can attend
To apply, please fill out the form below by September 1. For those accepted on the trip, more information will be collected later (i.e. emergency contact, health insurance, waivers, passport number etc.)
To complete your application, a $75 semi-refundable deposit is required. You may pay via Venmo @Catholic-Terps with the note: Alumni Mexico Mission Trip or by check made out to the Catholic Student Center. If by check include your name and Mexico Mission Trip in the memo line. Deposits will reserve your spot on the trip and be applied to final amount due.
Cancellations after November 1, 2019 may be subject to loss of deposit.
Mail checks to Catholic Student Center
Attn: Ann Gradowski
4141 Guilford Drive
College Park MD 20740