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A Return to the Border with Young People

June 19, 2017

For the third time in less than two years, Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, has led a group of young

Praying for Victims at the wall

adults from Viatorian ministry sites to the border between Arizona and Mexico.

He calls it a pilgrimage, as together these young people retrace the steps of migrants trying to cross the desert and reflect on the role faith plays in “welcoming the stranger.”

During their two-day visit, they meet with border patrol guards and Good Samaritan guides, as well as celebrate Mass together and pray at the border for victims who lost their lives.

Writing messages of hope on water jugs for migrants crossing the desert

The group also sees items of clothing and prayer books left behind by migrants, before they sign messages of hope on water jugs which guides will leave along the desert for migrants on their journey.

“We ended it where we began,” Fr. Corey Brost tweeted, “at a wall between people and cultures, migrants and hope, but we go, pledging to open doors to overcome barriers.”