Matthew 25: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me,”
Ministry of Posada Guadalupe
Posada Guadalupe is a shelter in San Antonio, Texas whose mission, inspired by Matthew 25: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me,” is to offer hospitality to indigent immigrants.
The ministry, as such, began in the 1980s, providing food and shelter to Central Americans who were coming to the United States in search of refuge from the civil wars in their respective countries. By the time the ministry had incorporated in the State of Texas, in 2001, its focus had evolved into a service exclusively for sick or injured immigrants, though now not only for Central Americans, but for people from any country. However, within a few years, the ministry was suspended because the woman who offered her home to shelter these people became sick and could no longer receive them. A hiatus of about three years followed.
In October of 2006 Fr. Phillip Ley, OFM Conv. assumed the directorship of the ministry. We found a house to rent and were again able to receive residents. The people we take in now are not only injured or sick, but also immigrant youth who age out of the detention centers for unaccompanied minors. Unfortunately, at this time we can only take in men. We do not have the necessary staff to handle a mixed house.
People frequently ask how we finance this project. Our only sources of finance are donations. We have received money from the Conventual Franciscan Provinces of Our Lady of Consolation and St. Anthony. We have also received a grant from the Anthonian Association and the Franciscan Foundation, as well as smaller donations from individuals who are interested in helping this much needed ministry, the only of its kind in San Antonio. Besides this help, we get donations of food and other supplies from individuals and from the Discalced Carmelite Nuns in San Antonio