Eucharist Without Borders Conference

Thank you to everyone who attended Eucharist Without Borders, Celebration's fourth annual conference on effective liturgy. Below you will find photos, conference presentations and information about our speakers.

download speaker presentations
watch speaker videos

Thanks to conference attendee Rev. Joe Nelson, OFM, of the Franciscan Province of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who created a newsletter with information and beautiful photos from our conference. Download a PDF version of the newsletter.

Eucharist Without Borders logo

Not since the struggle over civil rights in this country have our nation’s faith communities been so challenged to move a major social issue beyond paralysis and fear toward a just and humane resolution. Comprehensive immigration reform is about ending a nightmare for millions of undocumented people now living in the shadows of our economy and society.

The Catholic church, because of its deep ties to immigrant peoples, is being called to join with other religious and humanitarian groups in promoting policy reform as morally right, socially urgent and economically good for all. The title of this conference highlights the truth that the Christian church cannot genuinely celebrate Eucharist and ignore the plight of undocumented immigrants. For Catholics, wherever Mass is celebrated, there can be no strangers, no borders and no closed doors.

The conference program is directed to pastors, preachers, liturgical ministers and social activists who seek to make evident that what happens in worship is directly linked to what happens on our nation’s borders, in our communities and in our own hearts. The conference will include opportunities to go to the border areas near Tucson to pray and to witness firsthand the many ministries that now serve migrants.

This conference is cohosted by Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Tucson, Arizona.

Why Arizona? Despite Arizona's anti-immigration profile and a national boycott of ordinary convention business, we have decided it is important to our goal of reaching the national church to take our efforts directly to the problem. Read more about our decision to gather in Arizona.


Global Migration and the Option for the Poor: Social Reconciliation and the Eucharist
— William O'Neill, S.J.
Professor of social ethics at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, an expert on global migration and social reconciliation.
William O'Neill, SJ
Where Have We Been? Historical perspectives, the church and immigration
— John Fife
Human rights activist and retired Presbyterian minister in Tucson, AZ, founder of the Sanctuary Movement and a co-founder of the immigrant rights group “No More Deaths.”
John Fife
And You Welcomed Me: Hospitality, Eucharist and Immigration Reform
— Jill Marie Gerschutz Bell
Fellow, Woodstock Theological Center; co-editor and contributor to And You Welcomed Me: Migration and Catholic Social Teaching (Lexington Books, 2009), Senior Legislative Specialist, Catholic Relief Services; Former Migration Policy Director with the Jesuit Conference USA.
Jill Marie Gerschutz Bell
The Rise of the Hispanic Population and the Future of the U.S. Church: Demographics driving the politics of the immigration debate

— John L. Allen Jr.
NCR Senior Correspondent and author of The Future Church: How Ten Trends are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church (NY: Doubleday, 2009).
John L. Allen Jr.
Where Do We Go From Here? Putting the message of worship into practice
— Elena Segura
Director of the Office of Immigrant Affairs and Immigrant Education, Archdiocese of Chicago
Elena Segura
Life on the Border: A Faith Perspective
Reflections by a Catholic and Methodist bishop on their efforts ecumenically to bring the Gospel to the border reality.
— Gerald Kicanas
Catholic Bishop of Tucson, Arizona
Bishop Gerald Kicanas
— Minerva Carcaño
Bishop of the Phoenix Episcopal Area, Desert Southwest Conference of The United Methodist Church
Minerva Carcano