New Diocese in Nogales:

On Friday, May 22, in the city’s Macroplaza, a celebratory Mass was held to inaugurate the new Diocese of Nogales, Sonora, with Bishop José Leopoldo González González as its first bishop.

This development points to the possibility of more support and coordination among the churches and programs working with migrants and in the communities that receive them. Many people from the area attended the Mass as well as several Catholic bishops, including Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson and Archbishop José Ulises Macias Salcedo from Hermosillo, Sonora.

A Mass in the city’s Macroplaza celebrated the formation of the Catholic Diocese of Nogales, Sonora.

A Mass in the city’s Macroplaza celebrated the formation of the Catholic Diocese of Nogales, Sonora.

For more information on the establishment of the new diocese, please see this National Catholic Reporter announcement: http://ncronline.org/news/global/pope-francis-erects-diocese-nogales-mexico-just-south-us

 

 

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Art Fundraiser for the KBI:

Spirits were festive at the Hermosillo, Sonora home of gallery owner Lucita Aguilera on the evening of Tuesday, May 19, for an art auction to benefit the Kino Border Initiative. A number of people, including Fr. Sean Carroll, S.J., Fr. Samuel Lozano, S.J. and Sister María Engracia Robles Robles, M.E. from the KBI, turned out for the event. This is the third consecutive year Lucita has organized and hosted it, and the auction raised MXN$129,000 (nearly US$9,000). All the proceeds go to help KBI direct aid, education, and research and advocacy. Thank you to Lucita and her generous guests!

At the KBI Fundraiser in Hermosillo: from l. to r., Mariana González, Fr. Samuel Lozano de los Santos, S.J., Ms. Lucita Aguilera, Fr. Sean Carroll, S.J. and Sister María Engracia Robles Robles, M.E.

At the KBI Fundraiser in Hermosillo: from l. to r., Mariana González, Fr. Samuel Lozano de los Santos, S.J., Ms. Lucita Aguilera, Fr. Sean Carroll, S.J. and Sister María Engracia Robles Robles, M.E.

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New KBI Staff and Board Members

The Kino Border Initiative is happy to announce the following new staff and board members. Congratulations and welcome!

3.a.JavierFierro

Javier Fierro, KBI Associate Director since May 11, has a background in operations and supply chain management, most recently at Leica-Geosystems Mining, as well as in education, and has been a permanent deacon at the Catholic Diocese of Tucson since 2012.

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A KBI volunteer throughout Fall 2011, Joanna Williams started her job as the Director of Education and Advocacy on June 3, and formerly worked as the Project Coordinator of the American Civil Liberties Union Border Litigation Project in Tucson.

3.c.BernadetteRuiz

Bernadette A. Ruiz, a Tucson-based family law attorney with an LL.M. (Master of Laws) degree in international law, joins the KBI Board of Directors, with the goal of helping to promote justice, fairness and humanity regarding immigration issues at our U.S.–Mexican border.

3.d.SteveHaydukovich

Steve Haydukovich, a new member of the KBI Board of Directors, is the Assistant Director of Human Resources at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.  He has been serving as a volunteer for KBI at our annual Phoenix dinner and providing assistance at the comedor since 2009.

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The Annual KBI Dinner Raises Spirits and Funds

Each year, this KBI fundraising event recognizes the urgent work of the KBI and the vital role of donors, volunteers and others in keeping these programs strong.

By: Roxane Ramos

Emcee Frank Camacho points to the lucky winners of a Nogales weekend, including a dinner cooked by Father Pete and Father Sean

Emcee Frank Camacho points to the lucky winners of a Nogales weekend, including a dinner cooked by Father Pete and Father Sean

A little drizzle did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the 260 supporters who gathered for the Sixth Annual KBI Dinner on Saturday, February 28. As planning committee chair Lucy Howell noted, “Weather is never an obstacle. We had to hustle folks into dinner once the rain started, but the support for the KBI was, as always, exciting and inspiring.”

Mingling in the courtyard of St. Francis Xavier School in Phoenix, attendees enjoyed a pre-dinner reception of refreshments and appetizers, sponsored by Maldonado Medical. It was followed by dinner, catered by local chef Vincent Guerithault and served by Brophy College Preparatory students. With Master of Ceremonies Frank Camacho, Phoenix-based news anchor and reporter, at the helm, this year’s dinner featured silent and live auctions, raising even more funds for the KBI. When two live-auction bidders vied for a week’s stay at a waterfront town house in San Diego, complete with lunch at the yacht club and an afternoon sail on the bay, KBI board chair Jane Lacovara and her husband Dr. Phil Lacovara donated another week’s stay for the runners-up. (The sailboat ride was courtesy of Lucy and Steve Howell.)

At the pre-dinner reception, Father Sean with Frank Camacho, Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo, and KBI board member Dora Vasquez.

At the pre-dinner reception, Father Sean with Frank Camacho, Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo, and KBI board member Dora Vasquez.

Also auctioned that night were a chef’s choice dinner with Father Sean at Vincent, and a tour of the KBI that included a night’s stay at the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, and a gourmet dinner prepared by Father Sean and Father Pete at the Nogales Jesuit Community. (So now we know that they can cook, too! And raise $3,000 for the KBI in the process.) The dinner and auctions raised $124, 240, with donations are still coming in. Of that total, the silent auction raised $4,000 and the live auction, $14,000.

Jean Wallace, recipient of the Pope Francis Award, holds the Migrant Portrait she received in acknowledgement. With the portrait’s artist, Pamela Hoffmeister, and Father Sean.

Jean Wallace, recipient of the Pope Francis Award, holds the Migrant Portrait she received in acknowledgement. With the portrait’s artist, Pamela Hoffmeister, and Father Sean.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Pope Francis Award, given to Jean Wallace for her extraordinary support of the KBI’s mission. Father Sean presented Jean with a Migrant Portrait by artist Pamela Hoffmeister, who has painted a series of such portraits and is married to KBI board member Dr. Charlie Hoffmeister.

The KBI staff (from l. to r.): Fr. Sean Carroll, Fr. Samuel Lozano, Marla Conrad, Sr. Alicia Guevara Perez, Sr. Cecelia Lopez Arias, Sr. María Engracia Robles Robles, and Josefina Bejarano Padilla.

The KBI staff (from l. to r.): Fr. Sean Carroll, Fr. Samuel Lozano, Marla Conrad, Sr. Alicia Guevara Perez, Sr. Cecelia Lopez Arias, Sr. María Engracia Robles Robles, and Josefina Bejarano Padilla.

Once again the capable KBI Planning Committee arranged and hosted a marvelous event, one that extends the KBI’s ability to serve deported migrants, educate the public on immigration issues, and provide data for critical research and advocacy. As Father Sean expressed in his remarks that evening, the KBI is grateful to all the donors and supporters who make the KBI possible. We include photos by Johnny Lazoya, who donated his talents.

Father Sean with the evening’s dapper wait staff, student volunteers from Brophy College Preparatory.

Father Sean with the evening’s dapper wait staff, student volunteers from Brophy College Preparatory.

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The Jesuit Provincials at the Border

Jesuits representatives from the U.S. and Canada visit the KBI to learn more about the migrant experience and the reality of the border.

By: Roxane Ramos

During their February meeting in Tucson, representatives from the Jesuit provinces in the U.S. Canada, and Central America (11 provinces in all) took the opportunity to visit the KBI’s border ministry. On Sunday, February 8, they gathered at the comedor with the migrants for a dialogue, a Mass celebrated by Father Sean, and a shared meal. These honored guests helped to serve the meal, and lingered after to hear border accounts directly from the migrants. Here are some images from that special day. All photos by Larry Hanelin, courtesy of the Jesuit Conference.

Father Sean celebrates Mass at the comedor.

Father Sean celebrates Mass at the comedor.

The Jesuit Provincials and the migrants attend Mass at the comedor.

The Jesuit Provincials and the migrants attend Mass at the comedor.

Sister Engracia and one of the migrants do the readings.

Sister Engracia and one of the migrants do the readings.

Father Sean offers Communion to those in attendance.

Father Sean offers Communion to those in attendance.

KBI staff and volunteers, along with the Jesuit Provincials, serve the migrants.

KBI staff and volunteers, along with the Jesuit Provincials, serve the migrants.

The women who are staying at the nearby KBI shelter, Casa Nazareth, share a table with their visitors.

The women who are staying at the nearby KBI shelter, Casa Nazareth, share a table with their visitors.

The Jesuit Provincials get to hear first-hand accounts of the migrant experience.

The Jesuit Provincials get to hear first-hand accounts of the migrant experience.

One of the migrants plays a song on his ukulele after the meal.

One of the migrants plays a song on his ukulele after the meal.

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Up Close: Frank Grieco and Luis Fernando Parra

Two KBI board members are honored for their years of service.

By: Roxane Ramos

In September, Frank Grieco and Luis Parra, both founding board members, were honored for their years of service to the Kino Border Initiative. “Frank and Luis have contributed so much to the KBI Board of Directors,” said board chair Jane Lacovara. “As a migration attorney working on both sides of the border, Luis has been such a valuable resource for us. And we’ve benefited from Frank’s deep understanding of the migration experience, growing up near the border and working in the produce industry there. We are so grateful to both of them for six dedicated years of service.”

Father Sean congratulates Frank Grieco, left, and Luis Parra, right. September 2014.

Father Sean congratulates Frank Grieco, left, and Luis Parra, right. September 2014.

Frank Grieco:

A 2008 presentation by Father Sean and Mark Potter (now a KBI board member) in Green Valley inspired Frank to join the KBI Board of Directors as a founding member in 2008. As Frank tells it, “It struck a chord because of my years working with migrants.” He grew up in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, and spent his professional life in agriculture, first in the field and in packing houses, then in management. Those decades of experience, from boyhood on, established a deeply ingrained and sensitive familiarity with border culture and the migrant experience. His feelings of kindredness with his immigrant classmates, neighbors, and co-workers as well as a call to serve resulted in a life-long commitment to helping migrant families.

Now retired in Rio Rico, Arizona, Frank’s service to the KBI has been an extension of that calling. He has lent his wisdom and knowledge to board discussions and decisions, and chaired the Building Committee, facilitating a plan to consolidate the KBI’s programs in a single well-organized and safe location. He was also a member of the Finance Committee, chairing it for a time. Frank has appreciated the moving lessons inherent in the work. At the first KBI Christmas dinner when he and other volunteers served a holiday meal to the migrants, one small exchange stood out—the man looked Frank straight in the eyes and expressed his gratitude. Frank says of that moment, “I could see Christ in him, and that man taught me to see Christ in others.”

In addition to his volunteer work addressing migrant needs and border issues, Frank has served in ministries in Southern Arizona since 2005 and, after completing four years of training and receiving his certification, now serves in three parishes and five churches as a Spiritual Director and Lay Ecclesial Minister. He is also certified as a Grief Service Provider and Facilitator. This ministry work has allowed him to share what he knows about the migrant struggle. His wife Suzana also grew up at the border, born in El Paso and raised in Nogales, Sonora, and has often helped with the KBI’s work there. Both Frank and Suzana are Professed lay members of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). They have two grown children—Vincent Grieco in Nashville and Mary Margaret Grieco Pera in Reno.

In addition to his work with the KBI, Frank Grieco is a Spiritual Director, Lay Ecclesial Minister and Grief Service Provider and Facilitator.

In addition to his work with the KBI, Frank Grieco is a Spiritual Director, Lay Ecclesial Minister and Grief Service Provider and Facilitator.

Luis Fernando Parra:

Luis learned about the KBI and met Father Sean at an introductory Mass at Holy Sacred Heart Church in Nogales, Arizona. A fellowship recipient and graduate of the Jesuit-run Gonzaga University College of Law in Spokane, Washington, with a practice specializing in immigration and international law along the Arizona-Sonora border, Luis was motivated to speak with Father Sean afterwards and offer his assistance to the new organization. He adds, “I was also intrigued by their decision to name the initiative after one of our regions most transformative historical figures, Father Eusebio Francisco Kino.”

A founding board member, Luis has offered his legal expertise and insights to the KBI’s management and planning, and from 2009 to 2014, he served as chair of the KBI Board of Directors. Now that his board service is concluded, his memories lean toward both the everyday inspirational activities, like the opening prayers at board meetings and the shared responses of his fellow board members, as well as bigger events, such as the Mass after a successful annual fundraising dinner when Father Sean challenged the congregation to find in their hearts a compassion for our migrant brothers and sisters, and a conviction to act on their behalf.

Luis’s family history exemplifies the great fluidity of the Arizona-Sonora border. His much loved and admired PapaGrande (grandfather) was born in Nogales, Arizona, and moved to Nogales, Sonora, where he worked in the cattle business. Luis’s life story reverses that migration narrative—he was born in Nogales, Sonora, and raised in Nogales, Arizona. “When people ask,” he says, “I tell them I am from Ambos Nogales.” He went on to complete his J.D. at Arizona State Universtity’s Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law, and is a member of the Nogales Lions Club and the Nogales VFW Post 2066. He lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife of 19 years, Cecy (his “better half,” as he calls her), also an avid supporter of the KBI, and their children Alan Fernando, 16, and Cristabela, 13.

the KBI’s Honorary Doctorate from that institution. June 2014.

the KBI’s Honorary Doctorate from that institution. June 2014.

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Arizona Gives Day

Mark you calendar now for April 7th—Arizona Gives Day! You can participate wherever you live; you don’t have to be in Arizona to give. On this one day, over $1,000,000 will be raised for nonprofit organizations throughout Arizona. The KBI will have the opportunity to earn cash prizes throughout the day for the most number of donors and/or dollars raised. To support the KBI with a special gift on this day, go to: https://azgives.givebig.org/c/GivesDay

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Annual Kino Border Initiative Dinner

Join us on Saturday, February 28, for the KBI’s fifth annual fundraising dinner. Here are the details.

5pm Reception
6pm Dinner, catered by Vincent
Program by Reverend Sean Carroll, S.J., Executive Director, Kino Border Initiative
Location: St. Francis Xavier School, 4715 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012
RSVP by February 16, 2014

All proceeds go to the KBI. For further information, call or email Lucy Howell at 602-695-1604, LHowell@kinoborderinitiative.org.
To make reservations or a donation, please go to https://www.kinoborderinitiative.org/2015-kbi-annual-dinner-reservation/

Note: Rooms at the Hampton Inn Phoenix Biltmore
2310 E. Highland Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85016,
may be reserved at a discounted price for the night of February 28.
Call Kyle Burry at (602) 956-5221 by Jan. 28 and mention the Kino Border Initiative. http://www.phoenixbiltmorearea.hamptoninn.com

Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson offers communion to those gathered on the Mexican side of the fence during a special border mass to honor migrants who have died in the desert. April 2014.

Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson offers communion to those gathered on the Mexican side of the fence during a special border mass to honor migrants who have died in the desert. April 2014.

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Media coverage of Pope Francis’s letter to KBI and Kino Teens

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Pope Francis’s letter to the KBI and the Kino Teens.

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