In Altar, Sonora, Mexico, Sister Norma Beatriz Caal Lopez, MSC and Sister Carmen Gaciela Pantano, MSC serve the most vulnerable, the migrant people. Altar is the place where highways from all over Mexico converge before heading north toward el otro lado (the other side). Because of the US border policy that funnels migrants into the Sonoran desert, Altar is like a waiting room, where people collect themselves before heading north. The migrants they serve have left everything behind in search of a better life. Sadly, many never experience the realization of their dream for a better life. Sr. Beatriz and Sr. Carmen collaborate with the local parish priest in their immigration ministry that serves Mexicans, Central Americans and those who have been deported and want to return to the United States. Most of the Sisters’ ministry consists of listening, counseling, providing food, clothing and lodging in the local parish through the Community Center for Migrants and Need. At the Community Center, the Missionary Sisters have developed a formation program for 30 volunteers.
~ Text and photo from the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus weekly update November 3, 2011.
~Submitted by. A. Schwelm, Assistant Library Director