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‘Don’t Worry, This Is a Catholic House’

Published in Commonweal Magazine. October 25, 2021 Our work at Casa Juan Diego in Houston, Texas, changed abruptly during the first months of the pandemic. Because of the lockdowns and emergency restrictions at the U. S. Mexico border, fewer refugees arrived from Latin Amieica. We were busier than ever, however…. To Continue reading the article,… continue reading

New Migrants Arriving at Casa Juan Diego – Can you help?

I had commented to our (few) Catholic Workers last week that the Lord was having mercy on us, giving us a break, because a number of families or individuals who had been living at Casa Juan Diego were moving on. But we soon realized that some of the people among the many thousands who were… continue reading

How To Locate An Immigrant in Detention

If you are trying to locate an immigrant or refugee in detention, the government has provided a site to assist. The address is https://locator.ice.gov/odls/#/index. You will need to put in the first and last name, the country of  origin, and either the A# or the birth date.

At Casa Juan Diego Finding Lost Migrants

When people tell us that their families were separated at the border, they hope against hope that we will be able to help them find their loved ones. What a challenge as we receive many families and individuals from ICE. We all rejoiced a few months ago when we were able to find a 19-year-old… continue reading

The Crisis of Climate Displaced People: Two Reports to Guide Us

This article was just quoted in the Brookings Register of South Dakota in an article by Carl Kline entitled, “It’s Time to Act on Climate Change.” https://brookingsregister.com/article/its-time-to-act-on-climate-change When hurricanes Iota and Eta devastated Honduras and parts of Guatemala last year, causing massive flooding and rain and the loss of places to live and many livelihoods, Central… continue reading

Moderna vaccines at Casa Juan Diego

  COVID-19 VACCINES CASA JUAN DIEGO 4811 Lillian Houston, TX 77007 Tuesday June 22, 2021 Tuesday July 20, 2021 8am – 12pm Social Distancing & Masks Required                     VACUNAS Contra el COVID-19 CASA JUAN DIEGO 4811 Lillian Houston, TX 77007 martes 22 de junio del 2021 martes… continue reading

The Gospel and Living Catholic Tradition

The Second Vatican Council asks us to read the signs of the times and interpret them in the light of the Gospel. In seeking to do that, we have been trying to make sense of the divisions in our country and our Church, of so much violence, of threats to our climate and the earth,… continue reading

PROGRAM ON HOLD: Peter Maurin’s Agricultural Ideal: Now There is Help for Minority Farmers

This is what Black farmers feared when they heard the good news: U.S. Farmers Of Color Were About To Get Loan Forgiveness. Now The Program Is On Hold https://www.npr.org/2021/06/11/1005560226/u-s-farmers-of-color-were-about-to-get-loan-forgiveness-now-the-program-is-on-ho     A key part of Peter Maurin’s practical program for implementing Catholic tradition was family or community farms. In the U.S., smaller farms have been… continue reading

Immigrants at the Border and at Casa Juan Diego

In February ICE started calling Casa Juan Diego each day asking about how many beds we have available for families. They had been expecting a growing number of families for whom they would need to find shelter, as family detention centers  closed and alternative plans made. The situation at the border has been changing daily… continue reading

How to Find the Children

A good starting point for parents seeking to find their children who have crossed the border alone is the Office of Refugee Resettlement National Call Center: 800 203-7001. WhatsApp also 800 203-7001.