These generous high school students named their charity group after the intrepid Jesuit mission founder, Father Eusebius Franz Kühn, also called “chino” in Spanish. He founded 24 missions in Mexico and the Arizona area. Father Kino’s statue is one of 100 in the DC capitol building’s Statuary Hall, which is dedicated to the most illustrious citizens from each of the fifty states. I wrote a biography of this fascinating missioner, five years ago, for our website here
Catholic News Service: In a soup kitchen just across the U.S. border, Nicole Davison sat down at a table lined with men. There was a clatter of plates as the guests who were served dinner help clear the dishes. The guests all had been recently deported from the United States. Davison, 19, learned that one man had been working in the U.S. for more than 20 years, and that his wife and children were at home in Scottsdale, Arizona. A Mexican without a U.S. visa or work permit, the man was now stuck here, where he knew no one. “It’s very sad,” said Davison, as she and other members of a group called Kino Teens departed the “comedor,” the kitchen and dining hall of Centro de Atencion al Migrante Deportado (Aid Center for Deported Migrants) in Nogales, in the state of Sonora. Kino Teens was created five years ago at Lourdes Catholic School in Nogales, Arizona, a couple of miles away on the other side of the border. Read more here, scroll down to fifth entry.