Catholic Terps are going on a Mission Trip to Mexico City from March 14 – 20, 2020. The trip is now full, however, we are accepting wait list applications so please feel free to apply and Lisa will be in touch if a spot opens up!

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, Holy Hour, meals, encounters with the poor and small group reflection.

Tentative schedule

March 14: Arrival
March 15: National Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
March 16-17: Service at Home for abandoned women
March 18-19: Service at the Trash Dumps
March 20: Departure

Trip Cost



Trip is now full, but wait list applications are open. You do not need to send a payment for a waitlist application. Lisa will be in touch if a spot opens up and you can pay at that time.

$100 non-refundable deposit due to complete application. You can pay via check made out to the “Catholic Student Center @ UMD.” Leave the check in Lisa Lytwyn’s mailbox outside her office (in the library), or you can venmo @catholic-terps.


For questions about the Mexico trip, email Lisa at


Mexico City Mission Trip: Student Application


True Joy: Joey Rice playing with a child who lives at one of the Mexico City trash dumps during a trip with Fr. Rob in April 2018.