26 February 2016
I was in El Paso, TX this week and went on a sunrise drive along the Mission Trail. Along the trail are three mission churches that date back to the 1680's. They were then and continue to be the center of community life for the small towns on the outskirts of El Paso. The Ysleta Mission (1682) is undergoing a facelift. Socorro Mission (1680) still has 660 registered families in the parish and San Elizario Mission (1789) has 470 families that attend Mass where troops were assigned during the Civil War to prevent Confederate reoccupation. All three of these missions are within 20 miles of each other.
San Elizario Mission