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June 4, 2021, Alexandria, Virginia – Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) recently released a moving video about Catholic Sisters from about 100 U.S. Congregations who supported the initiative or sent Sisters to serve immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Sisters spoke of their volunteer experience of helping immigrant families and individuals who came to the United States to escape violence or poverty.
The Congregations – including the Adrian Dominican Sisters – were responding to the invitation of Sister Donna Markham, OP, President and CEO of CCUSA, and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) to volunteer their services with five Catholic Charities agencies at the border. To date, Adrian Dominican Sisters Mary Jane Lubinski, OP, and Nancy Murray, OP, have served at the border, while other Adrian Dominican Sisters are making arrangements to participate in the effort.
Watch the video.
April 23, 2021, McAllen and San Antonio, Texas – Adrian Dominican Sisters Nancy Murray, OP, and Mary Jane Lubinski, OP, are among 200 Catholic Sisters who are now serving immigrants who have come across the U.S.-Mexico border seeking a new home with family members and friends in the United States. They are responding to a request for help from Catholic Charities USA and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and will eventually be joined in their volunteer service on the border by other Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Sister Nancy – taking a break during the pandemic from her ministry of portraying St. Catherine of Siena at parishes and other venues around the world – is serving at the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas. Sister Mary Jane, on sabbatical after seven years of leadership service with the Adrian Dominican Sisters, is working in San Antonio, Texas, with teenage boys who have come across the border.
Adrian Dominican Sister Donna Markham, OP, PhD, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, recently made her own visit to the border near El Centro, California, to see first-hand the immigration crisis at the border.
Read the entire article about the Sisters’ service, written by Kevin Clark and published in the Jesuit magazine America.
Feature photo: From left, Sisters Nancy Murray, OP, Mary Jane Lubinski, OP, and Donna Markham, OP