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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.
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.