Catholic Terps are going on a Mission Trip to Mexico City from January 13 – 18, 2019.

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

Jan 13: Arrival
Jan 14: National Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Jan 15: Service at Home for abandoned women
Jan 16 and 17: Service at the Trash Dumps
Jan 18: Departure

Trip Cost

We are still finalizing the flight costs, but we anticipate the trip will not exceed $1,000. Payment can be made one time or in two installments (August and October).

Price includes the following: Round-trip airfare to Mexico City, travel insurance, all food, lodging, materials, and in-country transportation.
Price does not include: immunizations and travel medications, passport/visa expenses, or other personal incidentals.

Thanks to the Maryland Parent Association, we are able to offer scholarships to defray the cost of the trip.


To apply, please fill out the form below by October 5. 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 $50 non refundable deposit check made out to the Catholic Student Center is required. Include your name and Mexico Mission Trip in the memo line. Drop off at Lisa’s mailbox (before school ends) or mail (during the summer) to
Catholic Student Center
Attn: Lisa Lytwyn
4141 Guilford Drive
College Park MD 20740

Have questions? Email 

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.