I recently returned from a mission trip to the Lord’s Ranch in Vado, New Mexico. It was a great experience.
Here’s a little about Fr. Richard Thomas, SJ, who founded the Lord’s Ranch. This is taken from his obituary (he died last year).
"In 1964 he was appointed executive director of Our Lady’s Youth Center in El Paso, Texas, where he found his passion. Under his leadership, the center grew to include ministries to the poor in different areas of Juarez, Mexico, including food banks, medical and dental clinics, prison and mental hospital ministries, and schools. Dedicated volunteers from both sides of the border run the various ministries.
"In 1975 Fr. Thomas founded the Lord’s Ranch east of Vado, New Mexico. Over the years the ranch has provided recreation and rehabilitation to needy youth, housed hundreds of visitors from all over the world, run retreats for young and old, and is home to KJES International Shortwave Radio Station which broadcasts to every continent. A weekly Wednesday night prayer meeting started by Fr. Thomas expanded to include catechism classes for children, individual counseling, and times for the sacrament of Reconciliation."
Here is a story that further explains the history of Our Lady’s Youth Center.