Kevin Wells begins writing about Fr. Al and the Sisters of Mary

Peggy Stanton w/ Guest Kevin Wells

Kevin Wells talks about Fr. Al Schwartz and the Sisters of Mary on the Ave Maria Radio Show: "Power From The Pews"

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Where Are Our Fr. Al's?

"Fr Al, who we at World Villages for Children remain in awe of, is vital for these days. He endured the same heaviness and harshness we do today, but he was never blunted; he just became a conqueror."

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Fr. Al Schwartz

Founder of the Sisters of Mary and Brothers of Christ, Fr. Al Schwartz was a missionary priest sent from the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. to Busan, South Korea in 1957. Horrified by the poverty he encountered, Fr. Al established World Villages for Children in 1961, a non-profit dedicated to financially supporting the poorest of the poor in South Korea. As Fr. Al’s financial and physical support grew, he opened up Boystown and Girlstown schools for orphans, hospitals, homeless shelters, and more. Cardinal Jamie Sin was so impressed with Fr. Al’s success in caring for the poorest of the poor that he invited Fr. Al to bring his Girlstown and Boystown programs to the Philippines in 1985. Today, they are referred to all around the world as Sisters of Mary Schools. Four years after beginning expansion to the Philippines, Fr. Al was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. As his body rapidly deteriorated, Fr. Al heard God calling him to begin more schools in Mexico. Hardly able to speak or move any parts of his body, Fr. Al inaugurated the first Boystown/Girlstown programs in Chalco, Mexico in October of 1991. Five months later, Fr. Al died on March 16, 1992, leaving the Sisters of Mary and tens of thousands of spiritual children around the world to carry on his Unfinished Symphony. Click here to learn more about Fr. Al.

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The Sisters of Mary

The Sisters of Mary were founded in August of 1964 by Fr. Al Schwartz. Fr. Al recruited the first Sisters of Mary through a newspaper article asking for women to respond who were willing to become mothers to the hundreds of orphans in his care. Today, the Sisters of Mary consist of more than 370 Sisters who operate Boystown and Girlstown Schools in the Philippines, South Korea, Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Honduras, and Tanzania. In each country, the Sisters work to not only give children a safe roof over their heads, food, and education, but also prepare them in their culture and environment for a better future in their own country — at no charge to their families.

In addition to taking care of more than 20,000 poor children each year, the Sisters also maintain homes, hospitals, schools, and vocational training programs. Their motto is “Serve the Lord with Joy!” Click here to learn more about the Sisters of Mary.