How are Sisters of St. Joseph serving migrants and asylum seekers in Mexico?
The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Lyon/Province of Mexico minister in the "Albergue Decanal Guadalupano" in Tierra Blanca, Veracruz, a shelter for migrants sponsored by the diocese and staffed by our Sisters, lay partners and volunteers. They are situated where the train known as "The Beast" crosses into Mexico, often carrying migrants by the dozens on its roofs. The shelter offers welcome, presence, food and first aid, showers, clothing and limited overnight accommodations. In addition to direct attention to our brothers and sisters, the team is committed to coordinating with various consulates and Mexican agencies for the defense of human rights, education of the public about the realities, causes and consequences of migration and the coordination of relief efforts to sustain and expand the services the shelter can provide. To learn more and see them in action click here:
What are the Sisters saying about the situation today?
Right now the Sisters and their volunteers are serving an average of 250 migrants a day. They tell us that the situation is very critical and that they are mobilizing among themselves and with other religious around the country to provide what they expect to be a massive amount of assistance as the asylum seekers reach Tierra Blanca and then move beyond it.
What can we do to support them?
1. They ask that we pray, of course, but that we also work to create and/or change the consciousness of US voters and politicians to promote policies that focus on the human rights of these most vulnerable brothers and sisters.
2. If any individual, Province or Congregation would like to help them provide for the basic needs of the migrants and asylum seekers, donations can be made out via credit card on this form. Or checks can be sent to: Sisters of St. Joseph, 80 Garland Rd., Winslow, ME 04901. Please put ‘Mexico’ in the note. The CSJs of Lyon in Maine will see to it that these funds get to their Sisters in Mexico.