Believing that education is a basic human right, our sisters in Latin America dedicate themselves to providing formal and informal education to children, young people, and adults, especially to those who may not have had the benefit of even a primary grade education. They are teachers, administrators, and mentors in a variety of settings.
Colegio de Santa Clara
St. Clare School, administered and staffed by our sisters, offers quality, affordable education for students from pre-school through the 11th grade. Sisters also sponsor a small kindergarten in a nearby barrio for children of very poor families. In addition to their school responsibilities, the sisters are involved in parish pastoral work, family catechesis, and sacramental preparation. A small clinic provides low-cost medicines and first-aid to local people.
Santa Apolonia, Guatemala
The sisters care for approximately 42-45 children and adolescents in Guatemala. The children attend local government schools, but the sisters provide additional vocational training to the older children in animal husbandry, gardening, tailoring, shoemaking, and playing musical instruments. Through these special workshops, they learn skills that will help them earn a living after they leave the orphanage.
Believing that all people benefit from spiritual accompaniment and enrichment, our sisters in Latin America participate in the mission of the universal Church by working alongside the local priests and laity. They serve as catechists for children and youth, communion ministers, youth ministers, and spiritual guides. They visit the sick and homebound to offer encouragement and spiritual support.
Believing that Jesus came “that all might have life and life in abundance” (John 10:10), we strive to support life, promote justice, advocate for the care of creation, and accompany refugees and immigrants in need of social services and pastoral attention.
Hogares Santa Maria de Guadalupe
Santa Apolonia, Guatemala
Guadalupe Homes was founded in 1985 in response to the needs of victims of Guatemala’s 36-year civil war. In each of six homes, surrogate mothers (often widows), sisters and volunteers care for the daily needs of orphaned and abandoned children. The children attend local schools for primary and secondary education, and also receive training in practical skills: carpentry, shoemaking, tailoring, agriculture, domestic arts, and computers.
Ciudad Juárez, México
As a joint project with sisters living across the border in El Paso, TX, sisters minister in a local parish, coordinate a food distribution program, and accompany families affected by the violence in the region.
Believing that God desires health and healing for all people, we work to provide affordable health services, herbal and pharmaceutical medicines, and psychological counseling to poor people in the rural areas where our sisters serve.
Rieti Spirituality and Healing Center
San Marcos, Guatemala
The sisters founded Rieti Spirituality and Healing Center in response to the need for healing in Guatemalan society that was catastrophically impacted by the violence of the country’s 36-year civil war. The sisters form part of a team that offers psychological, physical and spiritual healing, especially for women and children of all ethnic groups.
Santa Ana Clinic
La Libertad, Honduras
At Santa Ana Clinic, the sisters and two doctors offer medical care for the poor in the municipality and surrounding villages. They also provide boarding facilities for young female students.
As a community, we celebrate the contributions of our fellow sisters from formation through retirement. After years walking the paths throughout Latin America and faithfully serving their people, a number of the sisters in our community are reaching an advanced age. We seek to support these sisters by providing them the care and comfort they need.
La Porciuncula Convent
Moravia, Costa Rica
Elder sisters live together in a small community cared for by younger members of the congregation as well as by lay professional nurses and caregivers.
Santa Teresita Home
Casa Santa Teresita was recently renovated to provide quality care for our elder and infirm sisters in Honduras. The renovation includes a beautiful chapel and a spacious gathering room for meetings and prayer groups. The sisters at Casa Santa Teresita want their new home to be a place of welcome and a house of prayer.