I am José Ruiz Andujo, a Jesuit priest, high school theology teacher and campus minister. I
am a member of the USA Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus, currently
serving at St. Louis University High School in St. Louis, Missouri. But I am a native of Ciudad Juárez, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

At one time, Juárez was considered one of the most dangerous cities in the world. The violence has subsided somewhat in recent years, but the city still suffers from poverty and crime. Located right on the border with the United States, Ciudad Juárez serves as a portal for immigrants, both documented and undocumented.

This month, Ciudad Juárez will welcome Pope Francis. The excitement in my hometown is palpable, and I cannot stay away. Thanks to the leaders of my province and the high school where I serve, I will return to Juarez to experience the papal visit firsthand. This blog will be the place where I share my thoughts and feelings and what I see and do. I hope you’ll join me!


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