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Join us for coffee & conversation with Arturo Estrada, S.J., Director of the Jesuit Mission in Bachajón, Mexico, after all Masses the weekend of November 2-3. There will also be a special presentation on the sustainable projects and human rights work of the mission at 6:30 PM on Nov. 3.

Weekend events:

Friday 11/1
9:00 am      All Souls Mass
10:00 am    Class Visits
5:30 pm      Mass
6:30 pm      Open dinner/Social at The Marlay

Saturday 11/2
5:30 pm     Mass

Sunday 11/3
8:00 am     Mass & Coffee Hour Conversations
9:30 am     Mass & Coffee Hour Conversations
12:00 pm   Mass
1:00 pm     Youth Group Lunch, Hang-out & Soccer Game (All Youth)
5:30 pm     Mass
6:30 pm     Special Mission Presentation

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The Jesuits at the Mission of Bachajón have been accompanying the indigenous community for over 60 years on their journey to autonomy. We have learned the beauty and power of collaborative relationships to bring justice and dignity to people who have historically been enslaved, marginalized, and forgotten by the rest of the world.

Through the many innovative an sustainable projects designed by the Tseltal community and supported by the Jesuits and our friends, the indigenous community has a future filled with hope, the freedom to continue their culture and way of life, and bring dignity to their work.

The journey is a long one that impacts us all. We know we are called to show the way to God, to walk with the marginalized, to accompany youth, and to care for creation. The Mission of Bachajón and the Tseltal community’s work is consistent with the Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs).

We invite you to join us this weekend for coffee, great conversations, and to hear how the STM community can be part of the journey and engage with the work of the mission community!


The Tseltal-Maya community is one of the First Nations of the region (the northern jungles of Chiapas, Mexico). It is an agriculturally based community that grows corn and beans for food and coffee as a trade and cash crop. Twenty years ago, after generations of modern slavery, extreme poverty, forced migration, and generational debt that was dismantling the community, the Tseltal coffee producers created a cooperative and reached out to the Jesuit Mission of Bachajón to collaborate on a solution. At that time, the Jesuits had lived with and accompanied the indigenous community for forty years and had relationship of trust and friendship. Together, they began to look for an economic solution to the exploitation of the global coffee industry that was keeping the community in poverty. Over the last twenty years, the collaboration of the Tseltal community and the Jesuits has developed into a sustainable organic coffee cooperative and solidarity economy comprised of social enterprises that produce artisanal coffee from field to cup, diversification of capital for economic security and food sovereignty, and other sustainable projects that serve to provide ‘good life’ and the transmission of the Tseltal culture and language to future generations.

The Mission of Bachajon serves 622 communities with over 200,000 habitants, stretched out over 3,500km2. The empowerment and agency of the people is critical to the sustainability of the projects and continued development of their path to autonomy. This path to autonomy and full agency is a long and difficult path that has been fraught with challenges, many of which prove dangerous to those who stand and fight, but the resilience and dedication of the indigenous community is unwavering. The vision of the Mission of Bachajon is that the Tseltal people achieve the political, economic and cultural autonomy they need to have a dignified, multicultural and peaceful life, in accordance with the Good News announced by Jesus.

Resources:

The Mission of Bachajon Website is: www.mb.org.mx
(if you open in Chrome, it offers a translation into English)

The OneHome Collective Website it: www.onehomecollective.org

Articles about the community:
Capeltic Coffee Collaborative: Turning Coffee into Hope
What’s in your cup of coffee?