Nebraska teens experience cultural ‘Immersion’

June 27, 2013 by



Six teenage girls from Greeley and Spalding, Neb., are learning about life on the U.S.-Mexico border this week as part of an “Immersion Experience” sponsored and hosted by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia.

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The girls are all members of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Spalding are are traveling with two adult sponsors.

Traveling with them are Sisters Esther Pineda, Judy Stephens and Dian Hall, and CSJ Associate Catherine Seitz. The group is being hosted by Sister Christine Doman in El Paso, Texas.

The girls on the trip are Brooke Behnk and Kaitlyn Wood, both of Greeley, and Anna Esch, Maddy Esch, Kelsie Leslie and Tori Valasek, all of Spalding. Their adult sponsors are Jackie Nekoliczak of Greeley and Maggie Smith of Spalding.

The Border Immersion Experience is a one-week entry into the life and culture on the U.S.-Mexico border, with participants visiting shelters, organizations, cooperatives and “colonias” (or poor areas just outside the city) that serve and are home to immigrants.

The group left for the sisters’ convent in El Paso on June 22 and will return home June 29.


4 Responses to “Nebraska teens experience cultural ‘Immersion’”

  1. dotter on July 19th, 2013 7:16 am

    Thank you, Judy, Esther, Diane, Christine and Catherine, for providing one more opportunity for more folks to experience being one with one another! This seems to be the favorable time. obrigada e abraços, Donna

  2. DANIEL SILVADORAY on July 19th, 2013 12:48 am

    Thank you for stoping at Sin Fronteras Organizing Project and learning about the organization efforts to help farm workers.

  3. Carm Thibault on June 30th, 2013 9:38 am

    Looks like another wonderful opportunity to learn about another culture – the joys and struggles. So glad this could happen…….thanks to all! Great photos, too!

  4. Jean Befort on June 29th, 2013 4:28 pm

    Glad to have the opportunity to see pictures and read about the experiences of the Immersion.

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