Witness & Grace Conversations: Migrants, Refugees, and U.S. Sisters

June 29, 2021
Presented by Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Mary Alice McCabe and Liane Delsuc, and Holy Cross Sr. Veronica Fajardo

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The stories are heartbreaking and the obstacles overwhelming -- but the flow of migrants and refugees seeking to cross the U.S. southern border continues. Catholic sisters are doing what they can to help ease the trauma of those caught in a broken immigration system. Hear insights into the plight of so many -- and what should be done to help ease the situation.



Sr. Liane Delsuc, SNDdeN 
Sr. Liane Delsuc of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, originally from San Francisco, CA, spent eight years teaching students with learning disabilities in inner city Los Angeles. Later, she ministered at a Fe y Alegria School in a shantytown south of Lima, Peru for 16 years before returning to the Central Coast of California to create a resource room for students with special needs at a Catholic school. She presently teaches ESL to adults in Phoenix, AZ and spends a couple days a week welcoming people who are seeking asylum at a shelter run by the International Rescue Committee.

Holy Cross Sr. Veronica Fajardo 
Sister Veronica is a Sister of the Holy Cross and a bilingual/bi-cultural counselor at Holy Cross Ministries a non-profit organization sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross. She has worked with immigrants, survivors of trauma, families and with non-violent parenting and support groups. Sister Veronica has ministered in Utah, Ghana, California and North Carolina. Prior to being a counselor, Sister Veronica was a teacher. She taught Bilingual Special Education in a public school and General Education in Catholic Schools. Sister Veronica was born in Nicaragua and moved to the United States at the age of eight years old. She grew up in Los Angeles, California and that is where she met and joined the Sisters of the Holy Cross. Q&A with Sr. Veronica.
Sr. Mary Alice McCabe, SNDdeN
Mary Alice McCabe, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, worked as a Base Ch

ristian Community organizer in the Northeastern Brazil and in Nicaragua from 1970 until 2017. During the last 3 years she, along with over 30 Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, volunteered at the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, TX and in the Matamoros, MX Immigrant Camp where they welcomed immigrant families from Central America seeking asylum in the USA.

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