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Communio in Utero

After one week together, it should come as great surprise or no surprise at all that each of the twelve travelers have had an entirely different experience. Our backgrounds, upbringings, viewpoints and perceptions all shaped the way in which we saw the people and greater communities…

Igualdad/Equality: Immigration 101

Interestingly, our comprehensive introductory overview on immigration came on our final service learning day. On Thursday afternoon, we visited El Centro de Igualdad Y Derechos: The Center for Equality. The Center was born from special project work at Enlace. Organizing often forms out of a call…

Enlace, the Refuge

Our Thursday began with an informational session followed by volunteer work at Enlace, a non-profit group aimed at ending domestic violence and promoting healthy families. Enlace began in 2000 with two employees and little confidence in sustainability. Today, the Enlace budget is $1.7M with 25 staff…

Without Pay, It’s Just Work

Somos un Pueblo Unido Wednesday afforded us the opportunity to head north, taking in the sites, sounds and eats of charming Santa Fe. Before going forth into the city for a leisurely afternoon, we had the great pleasure of spending time at Somos un Pueblo Unido,…

The Dream

Tuesday morning began with communal prayer with the Norbertines and breakfast fellowship with our group. From there, we journeyed across town to the University of New Mexico campus with the charge of learning from a real life Dream Team. El Centro de la Raza is an…

Finding Peace

There is peace in solitude when you quiet your mind long enough to hear it. The gentle rustling of leaves, the low hum of a distant airplane engine, the steady beat of insects frolicking, the hesitant munching of a rabbit on southwestern vegetation, the soothing coo…

Changing Perceptions, Changing People

As a means for acclimating to our week of service, we began with an overview of immigration issues and misperceptions. The reflection was led by Deacon Juan Barajas, friend to our ABQ Norbertine brothers. Deacon Juan has spent his life both advocating for and bridging the…

The Beauty of Communio

Many people in the Southwest are familiar with the beautiful Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe. At the recommendation of friends native to the area, Dave and I decided to make the easy drive north to attend a service on the holy…

A Man Named Tate and His Community

Sitting next to this random, chance travel companion proved very much to be a lesson in communio. Tate shared that at 53 years of age, he had never been married nor had children. Much like Abraham, Tate believes with all his heart that God has promised…

The Journey Begins

I had the good fortune of traveling to ABQ a few days early for some R&R with my wonderful husband and co-pilot adventurer, Dave. In spite of the long weekend we would share, the journey to the Southwest turned out to be an individual one. As…