Sisters provide educational, social and pastoral services to local communities in the border area while advocating for socially just immigration policies. In Juárez special attention is given to accompanying victims of violence.
Seven years ago we opened a Food Program in our parish. We had 31 families that we visited and helped once a month with a bag of five basic foods: two pounds of rice, dried beans, cooking oil, sugar and detergent. Thanks to our most generous donors, we were able to aid 64 families and added five more basic foods: oatmeal, noodles, and cans of fish, milk and vegetables.
In May of 2015 we started a mid-month dispensary for 27 new families and a repeat for 3 of the neediest families from the other group. These families receive one kilo of rice, dried beans, sugar and soap, plus one quart of cooking oil.
Evangelization & Pastoral Ministries
Evangelization is one way to share the love of God with those who are most in need. In the colonias of El Paso and the city of Juárez in Mexico, our staff conducts Bible study groups and liturgical celebrations. They visit the sick and elderly who find themselves homebound or unable to move about as freely as they once did. We also work in collaboration with local parishes to meet basic human needs.
Several of our staff offer their time to advocate for those whose voice often is not heard because of their position on the margins of our society - immigrants, prisoners, the poor, the elderly.
Golden Agers Group
Every Friday morning a group of thirty or more senior citizens come to Sister Josefina Lopez’s “Golden Agers” meeting. Sister Josefina began this group at the parish of Jesus the Worker in Juarez, Mexico about five years ago. The group shares and reflects on the Word of God. They listen to lectures on various topics such as: health, economics and current events; participate in a manual arts class and exercise with dance and Tai Chi. This group has also made a commitment to recycle, compost, and to conserve water as their way of appreciating and caring for the earth.
These seniors enjoy this time of socialization and return home stronger and happier in all aspects of their being.