November 28, 2018, McAllen, Texas – When the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) issued a call recently for Sisters to volunteer for a few weeks at hospitality centers for immigrants, Sisters from several communities responded. Among them are Adrian Dominican Sisters Patricia Erickson, OP, Mary Kastens, OP, and Nancy Murray, OP, who ministered or are ministering at the Catholic Charities Respite Center in McAllen, Texas. Sister Judith Benkert, OP, has served at the hospitality center in El Paso, Texas, where Sister Maurine Barzantni, OP, will serve beginning in early December.
Read the article in The National Catholic Reporter’s Global Sisters Report by Dan Stockman and Michele Morek.
Hello Sisters! A friend and I plan to volunteer at the Respite Center in McAllen, Texas for a week in February. If you have any suggestions to pass along to us regarding what to take, what is helpful to know etc. we would be very appreciative! We are not part of a religious order. We do hope a dear friend who is a Grey Nun sister will be able to join us as well. Thank you so much! ~Katharine K.
A suggestion from Sister Pat Erickson, OP:My suggestion is to check the weather and bring appropriate clothing. Depending on where you stay you may need a rental car. Go with no expectations and be open to whatever comes your way.
Hi, Katharine. The following is a response from Sister Mary Kastens, OP: The weather was very damp and cool on Nov. 9 to the 27. It was rainy, cool, and damp, truly “sweatshirt weather.” This cold was not usual. It reaches the70s by noon but cool once the sun goes down. Be ready for fall weather rather than spring,