In 1990, despite Father Al being already afflicted with ALS, he accepted the invitation of His Excellency, Msgr. Jose Maria Hernandez Gonzalez, Bishop of the diocese of Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico to establish charity programs in Mexico, starting with a Girlstown in Chalco in 1991.

In 1998, six years after Father Al’s death, his successor Sister Michaela received an invitation from His Eminence Juan Cardinal Sandoval Iniguez, Archbishop of Guadalajara and Governor Alberto Cardenas Jimenez to start a Boystown in Guadalajara, Jalisco.

Through their generosity, the Sisters started our Boystown program there on November 15, 1998. At this time, our Boystown can accommodate 2,000 young boys for their secondary school program with specialized training in vocational courses such as auto mechanics, accounting, culinary arts and more.

Meet Juan, a student at Guadalajara Boystown.


  • 4 seven-story buildings for children’s dormitories and classrooms
  • 2 workshops for vocational training
  • 2 single and 1 double gymnasium with stage
  • 1 semi-Olympic size swimming pool
  • 10 football fields
  • 20 basketball courts
  • 2 miniature concrete-surfaced football rapido (soccer) courts
  • 1 three-story building for dressmaking workshop and a dormitory for graduates
  • 1 sewage treatment plant
  • 1 Day Care for the children of the poor in
  • Valle del Chalco & Women’s training center (located 30 min. outside Girlstown)


Las Hermanas de María – Girlstown in Chalco
Carr. Chalco-Mixquic Km 2
Chalco, Edo. De México C. P. 56600, Mexico

Capacity: 3,500 middle school & high school students

Opened in 1991