Remarkable Heirlooms

Remarkable Heirlooms

A SERIES ON STUDENTS FROM CHALCO AND GUADALAJARA Zayra, 13, from a tiny village in the mountains of Guerrero Perhaps no one in Mexico knows Loma Larga Mountain (Long Hill Mountain) as well as Zayra, who wears a worn scapular around her slender neck. As a small child,...
These Graced Lands

These Graced Lands

PART ONE OF A FOUR-PART SERIES OF VIGNETTES ON THE YOUNG LADIES AND MEN OF CHALCO AND GUADALAJARA, MEXICO. Many of those drawn to the astounding mission of Fr. Al inquire about the young men and women in the Sisters of Mary’s care. Infrequently asked at World Villages...
Marian Martyrdom

Marian Martyrdom

In May, I took a plane to Girlstown in Mexico benignly believing I’d encounter the poor being nourished by the temporal, spiritual and maternal care of an order of Sisters. I came home two and a half weeks later with something explosive set into my conscience. Never...
The Resounding Echo

The Resounding Echo

As the crow flies in Washington D.C., Ven. Al Schwartz and Msgr. Thomas Wells grew up in homes eight miles apart. They may have played each other’s Little League baseball teams and sat down for a vanilla milkshake on the same Hot Shoppes’ swivel barstool off Rte. 202....
GraffitioftheSoul

GraffitioftheSoul

Much of my May was spent in harmonious fields of resurrected joy, Mexico’s Boystown and Girlstown. Within a day or two of waving my happy goodbyes to the Sisters of Mary and their thousands of spiritual sons and daughters, graffiti, fires and sirens became the...