Today was our day to go out into the city and experience the culture of San Antonio. We started at Mission San Jose. We were able to see the church, which is still used for mass today, and the Visitors’ Center. At the Visitors’ Center we watched a video on the history of the Mission, how it was established, and the consequences of mission life on the native peoples. Next, we visited the Alamo, commonly referred to as “The Shrine of Texas Liberty”. We walked down the River Walk until 5 pm when we attended mass at San Fernando Cathedral.

Tonight we reflected on our week here in San Antonio. We focused on three main questions: what was most rewarding, how was I most challenged, and two things we learned about ourselves. Many of us stated that serving the people at Haven for Hope was both the most rewarding and challenging experience of the trip. Going outside of our comfort zones was difficult but was by far the most worthwhile part of the trip.

Although we are leaving tomorrow, we hope to stay in touch with one another and continue building our friendships with our fellow Ursuline sisters.

May the light shine upon our travels,

Brittany and Hope

One of the riverboats

Us at Mission San Jose