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September 17, 2021, Adrian, Michigan – Four Adrian Dominican Sisters were among hundreds of U.S. Catholic Sisters to respond to the call of Catholic Charities USA and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) to serve thousands of immigrants who had crossed the U.S.-Mexico border, waiting to be placed with a family member in the United States.
“The response was immediate, generous beyond expectation, and overwhelming,” Sister Mary Jane Lubinski, OP, one of the four Adrian Dominican Sisters, said during a September 8, 2021, live streamed presentation on the experience. “We went to the border to serve our brothers and sisters who are immigrants. We went on your behalf, and it was an honor. Where one of us is, all of us are.”
The Sisters were assigned to shelters along the border, in Texas and California, where immigrants are housed after detention as they await transportation to a family member or friend who is sponsoring them in the United States. Volunteers included Catholic Sisters, college students, lay people of a variety of religious traditions, and concerned local residents.
Participating in the presentation with Sister Mary Jane were Sisters Katherine Frazier, OP, Nancy Murray, OP, and Mary Soher, OP.
Watch the presentation below.
June 24, 2021, San Antonio, Texas – In what might seem a place of desperation – a coliseum filled with cots for teen-age boys who fled their native countries, unaccompanied, to begin a new life in the United States – Sister Mary Jane Lubinski, OP, found hope. In response to an invitation by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and Catholic Charities USA, Sister Mary Jane was one of several Sisters who traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border to minister to immigrants newly released from detention and ready to be reunited with their families or sponsors in the United States. She reflects on her volunteer ministry to some of the 2,000 boys who were temporarily housed in the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio. Read the Global Sisters Report article, compiled by Dan Stockman. Scroll half-way down to read Sister Mary Jane’s reflection.