“Ignatian service is a loving relationship, a companionship…” – Paul Coutinho
Casa Building is a weekend adventure that connects people and communities through home building. “Home” is more than a physical place. It is a web of relationships whereby we are loved and accepted as we are, without condition, without having to deserve, gain, or earn love. From these relationships we can be our truest selves, live with meaning and purpose. Thus, Casa Building is about constructing “home,” physically as well as relationally.
Here is the story of a newlywed couple who invited their friends and family to come and build a home with them in Tijuana as they start their journey together. Videos by the Ignatian News Network, a new division of Loyola Productions, Inc.
Each of these immersion experiences creates space for participants to serve alongside other CLC members and friends, immerse oneself in another culture, and be in solidarity with God’s poor. The weekend will include a combination of serving alongside a community in Mexico on a building project, visiting an orphanage as well as a shelter for migrant men, and learning about border issues. Most of all, this is an opportunity to build friendship and relationship across borders and put oneself outside of one’s comfort zone in order to learn and be open to God’s grace in new, life-giving ways.
The weekend is an opportunity to live more simply with and learn from God’s poor. On the weekend trips, participants spend one night in a home in San Diego before crossing the border early Saturday morning into Mexico and spend Saturday night in the secure community center in El Florido (Tijuana, Mexico). Accommodations are simple, but every available security measure is taken. Carpools are arranged from both Los Angeles and Orange County to San Diego for each trip and the group is accompanied by an experienced guide from the local community who has been coordinating these trips for 25 years with the solid Build A Miracle Foundation. In general, carpools meet Friday afternoon around 5pm and return by 7pm on Sunday. More concrete details and schedules are sent out prior to each trip. You can check the FAQ section for more specific details on what to expect.
Casa Building is a great way for CLC members of different ages and backgrounds to live out our three pillars of spirituality, community and mission in an integrated way. The three upcoming trips offer a unique opportunity to build a home with Jazmin and Mike who have asked everyone to help build a home for a family in Tijuana as they build their new life together.