Matthew 25: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me,”
The Ministry of Posada Guadalupe
We take in young men who immigrated to the United States as children and have aged out of state run care with nowhere else to go. We keep them from being homeless and on the right path by providing food, shelter, and social services.
The History of Posada Guadalupe
The story of the ministry began in the 1980’s when a courageous woman opened her home, 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 in need from any country. However, within a few years, the ministry was suspended because the woman who offered her home as shelter became sick and could no longer receive them. A hiatus of about three years followed.
In October of 2006 Friar Phillip Ley of Order of Friars Minor Conventual with his vast experiences from missions in Mexico, Honduras, and El Salvador reignited the flames that is Posada Guadalupe. He assumed the directorship of the ministry, found a new house to rent and again opened its doors to others in need. The ministry evolved again to include not only the injured or sick, but also young men who came to the United States as unaccompanied minors and aged out of state run care with nowhere else to go.
Fr. Phillip Ley has been able to keep the doors of Posada Guadalupe open for over a decade through the generosity of others. Receiving grants from the Anthonian Association and the Franciscan Foundation, donations from the Conventual Franciscan Provinces of Our Lady of Consolation and St. Anthony, food and other supplies from the Discalced Carmelite Nuns.
Most importantly have been the smaller donations and aid from our community in San Antonio, individuals like you, who are keeping this much needed ministry alive, the only of its kind in San Antonio.