This month, KBI celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Kino Teens alongside students and staff from numerous high schools in Arizona and traveled to Washington, D.C. for the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. Additionally, Sr. Pina Bejarano represented KBI at a gathering of shelter personnel and advocates in Matamoros and many children, migrants, and volunteers participated in a march for the environment through the streets of Nogales, Sonora. Finally, we hosted four immersion groups from Tucson, the Phoenix area, and Cincinnati.
- Tenth Anniversary of Kino Teens: On Friday, November 8th, students and staff from four Arizona schools—Lourdes Catholic School in Nogales, Brophy in Phoenix, San Miguel in Tucson, and Nogales High School—gathered to celebrate 10 years of advocacy, community, and witness of the Kino Teens. Lourdes Catholic School hosted the event, and it included a Mass with Bishop Emeritus Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, a reception, a presentation on the history of Kino Teens, and testimonies from students. KBI staff Fr. Sean Carroll, Javier Fierro, Sr. Tracey Horan, Fr. Pete Neeley, and Joanna Williams were all in attendance for the celebration. We are so proud of the work of all the Kino Teens and offer special gratitude for Tere Scully for her work in hosting and planning the event, as well as for all her work with the Kino Teens these past ten years.
- Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice: The KBI educational staff—Sr. Tracey Horan, Fr. Pete Neeley, and Joanna Williams—took part in the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice in Washington, DC, November 16-18. Over 2000 people gathered for the 22nd annual event, and this year’s event marks the 30th anniversary of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador and their companions, calling on their legacy to inform social justice work in the Catholic tradition. Joanna Williams was featured as a keynote speaker.
- Environmental march: Sister Engracia Robles, M.E., was the key organizer for an environmental march held in the streets of Nogales, Sonora on Tuesday, October 29. Over 100 migrants, staff, and volunteers marched from downtown Nogales to the comedor with signs, art, and chants to promote recycling, awareness about environmental degradation, and care for the environment. After the march, there was an art contest that dozens of people participated in featuring amazing work from recycled materials.
- Meeting of Mexican Migration Advocates: During the first week of November, Sister Pina Bejarano, M.E., Casa Nazareth coordinator, traveled to the border city of Matamoros to attend the annual meeting hosted by “Zona Norte,” a network of migrant shelters along the northern border of Mexico. The meeting included a discussion of essential themes such as security, mental health of migrants, and the changing realities of the demographics served by shelters on the border.
- Immersion Experiences: A group of adults and college students from Ohio joined us for an immersion this month, along with two high school groups from Phoenix and one group of young adults doing a service year in Arizona.
|Immersion Group||# of participants||# of days at the KBI|
|Bellarmine Chapel/Xavier University
|9 participants||4 days|
|Brophy College Prep
|9 participants||3 days|
|Notre Dame High School
|10 participants||1 day|
|Jesuit Volunteer Corps
|6 participants||1 day|