Tarahumara Children’s Hospital

Tarahumara Children’s Hospital

Since 2003, our Foundation has been supporting the Clinica Santa Teresita in Creel, Chihuahua with the collaboration of our key groups in Oregon, Michigan, Louisiana and Texas. For more information, please log on to:  http://www.tchforegon.org   Commitments: To maintain and improve the health and educational services we currently of-fer the Raramuri as well as extending these services to more and more people. To improve the programs for early detection and attention of health problems, mostly among children. To promote a more accurate knowledge of their causes, symptoms and consequences as well as available remedies. To increase awareness of the need to protect and restore the soil and water quality, to protect the forest, and to implement better crop-growing systems. To improve and diversify our water supply programs as well as our well drilling capacity. To improve, accompany and follow up for our Food for Work projects in a closer and more systematic way, mainly in regard to the method and efficacy of its distribution. To keep the Rejogochi School functioning as a more culturally adapted and accessible alternative for the Raramuri children while providing them with food, healthcare, school supplies and clothes. To continue to raise awareness in Chihuahua, Mexico and abroad about the Raramuri culture and their needs.   Click to contribute to this...
Casa Manresa

Casa Manresa

Manresa Retreat House, overlooking the magnificent Pacific Ocean, provides 27 ocean-view bedrooms with private bath & study area, a peaceful cloister / garden and chapel / conference room for 60 persons. It was built above the Iberoamericana University Campus on more than 3 acres of prime land owned by the Jesuit Order, at a total cost of over $1.4 million dollars. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola have been one of the most efficient tools for spiritual growth that the Jesuits have been offering the Church for more than 400 years. And…certainly, this will be a gratifying response to the vast needs of the Church in Tijuana and surrounding region, since there are no Retreat Houses in the area. The Jesuits and their lay collaborators in Tijuana, will continue to make this project become a reality through hard work and the guarantee of a long-time commitment to spiritual growth. Spirituality could be defined as a way to live our Christianity through what the Lord tells us in the Gospel. Based on the same Gospel, Saint Ignatius of Loyola left as a legacy to all Jesuits a precise tool to transmit his very peculiar way to understand the Word and will of God. Saint Ignatius would have preferred to follow Christ as a hermit, but after his profound experience in Manresa, Spain, he decided to commit his life entirely, and by all means, to the salvation of all souls. We, the Jesuits in Baja California, want to follow the inspiration of our Founder from over four hundred years ago, offering a modern yet austere space, for your personal betterment through retreats and the Spiritual Exercises: with dynamics based on our faith, promoting justice in this region of the world, under the Jesuit motto: IN ALL, TO LOVE AND...
Sacred Heart Chapel

Sacred Heart Chapel

In 1999 the people who live in the neighborhood (Xicotencantl Leyva) behind the Iberoamericana University in Tijuana, asked that we build a chapel so that they could have a place to celebrate Sunday Mass, as well as the other sacraments, as needed. We decided that 300 years after the arrival of the first Jesuits missionaries to the Baja Peninsula, it would be a great tribute to their efforts if we could build a replica of some of the Mission Churches that these missionaries so ingeniously built back in the 18th Century. We decided to include some of the architectural features of San Ignacio, San Javier and Loreto. In order to make the walls thicker, after putting up the foundation, we proceeded to use 117 bails of hay for the interior part of the walls, and later covered the hay with wire mesh and cement, in order to give it an adobe effect. The stain glass windows intend to provide a mini-account of salvation history (from Moses to Jesus Christ), and the interior dome reflects the blue southern California sky, stars and Indian-faced angels, thanks to the artistic talent of Mickey Criado. The pews were a donation from St. Charles Church in Imperial Beach, California, and many of the ornaments were donated by San Rafael’s parish in Rancho Bernardo. Our lady Star of the Sea Parish in La Jolla, Good Shepherd parish in Alexandria, Virginia, Holy Trinity Parish in Washington, DC, as well as the generosity of the Rascob Foundation, the Loyola Foundation, the Koch Foundation and the Gavaldon family made it possible for us to complete construction by...
Loyola Library & Gymnasium

Loyola Library & Gymnasium

By Fernando Pomero   The Power of One: Moving Mountains in Tijuana TIJUANA – Five years ago, seemingly no one in this city of about 2 million people would have believed that a single man–a dreamer, some labeled him back then –would accomplish the unthinkable: to provide a city stuck with small, outdated libraries, with a large, modern library filled with computers and state-of-the art equipment and books, lots of books. Well, it happened. Tijuana now has a modern library, thanks to Father David Ungerleider Kepler. ‘el Padre David’ or Father David, as he is known by the students of lberoamericana University, the Jesuit college where he teaches, is at the end of an extraordinary mission. The library, which occupies two acres in the heart of the Iberoamericana University campus, was inaugurated on Dec 5,, 2003. However, even though it has computers and a great deal of books, it still needs more computers, more books, and air conditioning and heater units. To Ungerleider, this only means more of the same–work, work, work. But he is a confident man. Challenges only make the struggles interesting, not formidable obstacles. He is a True Believer, and it could be said that True Believers are in a very real sense, unstopable. To wit: Not only have Ungerleider’s efforts succeeded in completing the library – located in university grounds and named after lgnacio de Loyola, the Basque priest founder of the Jesuits- but he’s also involved in three other projects at the university, two of which at the moment are in several stages of construction: a retreat house, the only Catholic retreat in Baja and seemingly one of only two Catholic retreats in the region (Oceanside has one); a gymnasium and auditorium, and the Sacred Heart Chapel (modeled after the missions that the Jesuits built along the Baja peninsula three centuries ago). The extraordinary part of all this is that all four are projects of Ungerleider’s fertile brain, part of his quest to bring knowledge, physical-well being and spirituality to Tijuanans, who “deserve this and so much more,” a phrase he repeats often like a mantra. None of the projects has been a cheap undertaking. The library, which has been completed, was $2.6 million; the chapel, which was completed in 2002, cost $220,000; the gym and auditorium, which are about half way completed, have cost $910,000 sofar, and the retreat house– the guest rooms of which have already been completed and are operating – is also about half completed and has cost a bit more than $915,000. Those amounts have been paid by the university foundation (www.uia-Foundation.org, 619-980-5997, or P.O. Box 438210, San Ysidro, CA 92143-8210) which is also run by Ungerleider. This is another load he must endure. Ungerleider pounds the streets on both sides of the border regularly seeking donations for his projects. San Diegan Fran Dolan, a member of the foundation board and one of Ungerleider’s close collaborators, wrote this about him in an e-mail to a reporter: “Fund raising is not easy (but) David is a follow through person (who) puts his whole being into all that he does–giving homilies, building churches, libraries, gymnasiums, retreat houses, exercising, interacting with family (he is one of 12 children). “He is a people person, he sees good in everyone.” Ungerleider, who is in his fifties, is a slight, fair-haired American whose past confirms what Dolan says about him– a man who believes in humanity and the power of one to move mountains. In the City of Brotherly Love — Philadelphia –there’s this message on a plaque dedicated by Centro Pedro Claver, a community...