Sr. Gail Hamilton will be returning to Eagle Pass, TX on the Mexican border on October 8th. Sisters Agnes Marie, Ann Marie, Jane Ann, Karen Sue, Teresa, and friends have previously made what they consider this life-changing experience. Sr. Gail is making her third trip to the border to help Sr. Ursula, a fellow Benedictine Sister, whose work has included caring for those in a migrant house and in three orphanages.
The sisters meet families living on the streets, waiting for a chance to apply for asylum, displaced from their Central American countries by drug traffickers. They interact with babies and children at the orphanages, bringing them diapers, formula, food, blankets, and toys. They work alongside Sr. Ursula, cooking, cleaning, and visiting the migrants who are fortunate to have a bed for a few nights. And they shop for special items that are needed, especially more water.
Thanks to those who have generously supported this outreach, Sr. Gail has received the necessary funds to make the trip plus a van overflowing with donated items. To learn more about Sr. Gail’s last trip to the border, click here.
What she does need most from you: your prayers and your understanding because the topic of immigration often serves as a catalyst for conflict.
The duty of the government, according to the Catholic Catechism, is “to welcome the foreigner and to enforce the security of our borders for the common good.” The bishops believe that “by increasing lawful means for migrants to enter, live, and work in the United States, law enforcement will be better able to focus on those who threaten public safety.”
Bottom line: Through her presence and your gifts, Sr. Gail sends the message that we care. As Benedictines, we strive to heed the counsel of the Rule to “welcome all guests as Christ.”