BROWNSVILLE, Texas — The Missionaries of Jesus Convent sits a mile away from Matamoros, Mexico. A 15-minute car ride takes you to one of three bridges spanning the Rio Grande, a blue line on a map that separates hundreds of migrants in tent cities from asylum in the United States.
Inside the convent, I sat with two students from Catholic Memorial, an all-boys Catholic school in West Roxbury. Students and faculty leaders from fellow Edmund Rice Christian Brother schools Bishop Hendricken in Rhode Island, Brother Rice High School in Michigan, and Iona Prep in New York joined us, too.
Hours had passed since we landed in Brownsville for our service-immersion trip to the US-Mexico border.
Catholic Memorial, the Christian Brothers School of Boston, prepares boys for college, manhood and a world full of unknown challenges, ambiguity and complex problems and the importance of relationships.