April 14th: KBI gathers migrant community for foot washing ceremony during Holy Week
KBI staff and volunteers offered two sessions of foot washing for migrants during Holy Week. Father Max Landman gave Mass and welcomed migrants to have their feet ceremonially cleansed as a symbol of love, humility, solidarity and service.
April 21st: KBI and Ignatian Solidarity Network host a webinar entitled, Witness from the Border- Title 42, to inform audiences of the new changes to Title 42
KBI’s Director of Communications, Gia Del Pino, gave an overview of the recent developments to Title 42, including two major court cases. The webinar included testimonios from migrants impacted by the policy and ended with Q & A and call to action.
April 24th: KBI works with local health department in Nogales to hold a vaccination campaign at our Migrant Outreach Center
A special thanks to KBI’s Dr. Obed for working with the City of Nogales to offer a free vaccination campaign for all migrants and their families. Migrants are oftentimes excluded from receiving vaccinations due to status. We are grateful for Dr. Obed’s efforts and the City of Nogales for generously offering this resource for migrant families.
April 28th: Students from Bellarmine High School hosted Ignatius 500
Kino Teens kicked off the event with a prayer from Fr. Sean Carroll, SJ and then followed up with student speakers who shared their personal “Cannonball stories” as an analogy of St. Ignatius’ cannonball moment, but in the 21st century. Keynote speaker was Fr. Greg Boyle. Students from the Bellarmine and Brophy Kino Teens shared their experience at KBI to promote awareness and to fundraise to support KBI’s work. Kudos to you! Watch recording of the event here.
April 30th: KBI celebrates Children’s Day (El Día Del Niño)
KBI celebrated Mexico’s recognition of Children’s Day established to affirm the rights of children to ensure a happy and healthy childhood. Children delighted in breaking pinatas and eating candy, cupcakes and stuffed animals to celebrate the occasion.
April 30th: KBI hosts Valley Leadership at our Migrant Outreach Center– Participants from Valley Leadership’s Explore program sat down with migrant leaders and Joanna Williams to discuss the reality of asylum seekers waiting at the border for Title 42 to end. One participant, Salvador Bretts, said: “Valley Leadership uniquely put me face to face with a nationwide crisis and allowed true testimonials to shed such light on the divisive issue of immigation that it shattered my deeply held beliefs. I am forever grateful to VL for bringing me so close to the human root of it so that I am far better informed and truly feel the call to action.” Read more here.
May 25th: 50th anniversary of the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist
Sister’s Engracia, Tachita, Pina, and Luz Elena will travel to Colima towards the end of May to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of their order. They will reunite with others in their community who have served at KBI, such as Sister Cecilia and Sister Norma. We are very grateful for all their service and devotion and join with them in this celebration of their congregation.