Every year, Associate Kim Martinez accompanies her student leadership team from Bishop Gorman High School’s Campus Ministry, to the Viatorian Youth Congress.

During the four-day congress, students are immersed in faith and leadership formation, as well as some of the social justice initiatives of the Viatorians. One of the last things they do, is meet as individual delegations and discuss ways of bringing back to their own communities what they have learned.

“This year, my team chose to focus on immigration and refugees for the school year,” Kim says.

Just last month, they invited Fr. Corey Brost out to the school (where he started the Campus Ministry department with Associate Karen Cutler) to speak to them during a junior class retreat, about his ministry in working with young male immigrants seeking asylum at Viator House of Hospitality.

Students followed up with the retreat by hosting an awareness week, focused on immigration and refugees, that ended up with stations of the cross.

“Each cross had pictures of the faces of immigrants and refugees,” Kim says. “Each station also included a quote from Pope Francis on immigration, and a prayer for those seeking safety and a better life for their families.”