A Theology of Immigration

By Daniel Groody, CSC, '86

In November 2003, I attended a Mass in El Paso, Texas, along the United States/Mexican border. We celebrated Mass in the dry, rugged and sun-scorched terrain where the United States meets Mexico. In this liturgy we remembered all the saints and all the souls who have gone before us. We also remembered the thousands of Mexican immigrants who died crossing over the border in the last 10 years. Unlike other liturgies, however, a 16-foot iron fence divided this community of believers in half, one side in Mexico and the other side in the United States.…

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