MOTHER TERESA MINISTRY
The purpose of this ministry is to provide spiritual and counseling services through personal visits to those that have been detained, in the centers of detention. In this context, this ministry would be similar to the Criminal Justice Ministry (C
The Mother Teresa (MT) ministry has as its focus the needs of the immigrant family in our midst. Its main emphasis is to help the broken families of undocumented immigrants which have been affected by the detention and forced repatriation of one or more of its members. But it would participate, as required, in other activities aiming at improving the environment adversely affecting immigrants, including labor conditions and immigration policy. In doing so, this ministry will follow the US Catholic Bishops policy summarized as follows: “We call upon all Catholics and citizens of good will to heed our Lord’s call and challenge: ’For I was a stranger and you welcomed me.’ (Matthew 25:35)”. (A Resolution by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, November 16, 2000. p 7)
Usually, unexpectedly and without recourse to any external help, the father or mother of a family that has been living in our area for some time, often for several years, face sudden detention and separation from their dear ones. The one detained is incarcerated until sent to their home country without recourse to counseling or spiritual and material help. Their spouses and children, many of the latter US-born citizens, are left abandoned and without any source of material and human help. They are a true reminder to us of the widows and orphans of Old Testament times, forgotten in their desperation.
The second purpose of this ministry would be the visits and material help provided to the spouses and children left behind. It would resemble the operation of Saint Vincent de
In addition to spiritual and counseling services, this ministry would endeavor to provide legal, psychological and other required assistance to improve the condition of both the detainees and their families.
Any type of assistance and involvement is welcome. Financial or logistical support, including food and clothing may be necessary. And prayer is essential: this ministry would be centered on the prayer of the Holy Rosary.
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