Oblate JPIC Director Visits Migrant Shelter in Mexico

Originally Published on the OMIUSAJPIC Blogspot

“This shelter has saved my life,” one migrant said.

Fr. Antonio Ponce is on the leftRecently, Oblate JPIC Director Fr. Antonio Ponce, OMI traveled to the city of Salitllo, Mexico, to meet with the director of a shelter for migrants, Alberto Xicotecatl Carrasco and his staff.  The purpose of the visit was to discuss about upcoming workshop on migration between the Oblates from the Mexican Province, in collaboration with the Oblate JPIC Office in Washington D.C

This workshop is going to take place at the end of January in the town of Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico.

In the shelter, “Refugio para Migrantes Belen”, I had the opportunity not only to meet the staff and some of the volunteers but also many migrants who were staying during  my visit. “This shelter has saved my life”, said one migrant I met there. 
 
This is place is been a refuge for hundreds of migrants for many years now”, said to me Fr. Pedro Pantoja, the spiritual director of the shelter. “Here we help our brothers and sister by providing them with humanitarian aid, medical services, legal services etc”., added Fr. Pedro.