Home visits key to Franciscan sister’s approach to Latino ministry

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Franciscan Sister Aurora Tovar is a long way from her home parish of San Rafael in the Diocese of Linares, Mexico, where she worked as a lay leader and catechist and where she first met the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls. But the ministry she does here in Minnesota is…

Families of missing Mexican students cling to faith as search continues

TIXTLA, Mexico (CNS) — Families of 43 students who “disappeared” in Guerrero state spend their time praying at the teacher training college the students attended. They plead for intervention from Our Lady of Guadalupe and pray the rosary in front of a makeshift St. James shrine, adorned with flowers placed in plastic Pepsi and mayonnaise…

Why they are here, what they’ve gone through

 Constant struggle and fear motivates Mexican family to pursue American dream May 9, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully  Maria* was 18 years old and pregnant when she crossed the border with her husband and 15-year-old brother. Her mother crossed the border five years earlier to earn money for Maria and her siblings. In Mexico, Maria…

At the border, bishops call for compassion, reform

April 11, 2014, edition By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service Against the backdrop of rusted iron slats of the 30-foot wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley and a dozen other bishops from three countries prayed April 1 for compassion and for a return to ideals that welcome immigrants. More than 300 people…