Who is the Virgin of the Poor?

Who is the Virgin of the Poor?

Today, 28 years after Fr. Al’s passing and four more countries later, World Villages for Children and the Sisters of Mary are rededicating its mission to the Virgin of the Poor and want to invite all those who would like to participate in a community of prayer to join...
All In

All In

It happened again. A minor catastrophe reared up in one fell swoop this past week – all the water dried up at Girlstown in Chalco, Mexico. The underground water pump, which had started showing small signs of disrepair, finally stopped functioning and began to spit out...
Where Are Our Fr. Al’s

Where Are Our Fr. Al’s

Catholic churches are being set on fire in various parts of the world, while statues of saints have been pulled down or undergone desecration. Some Masses have recently been interrupted by individuals who’ve walked onto the altar without restraint. Sacrilege has taken...
His Lingering Presence

His Lingering Presence

At the closing of his life, when his diseased body was days from surrendering its long fight with ALS, Fr. Al’s thoughts were on his Carmelite muse. With his eternal homeland in view, his thoughts on his withered body, wracked pain and fear of choking to death were...
saving grounds

saving grounds

A SERIES ON STUDENTS FROM CHALCO AND GUADALJARA CHALCO, Mexico – Graduation this past Sunday staggered some. Understandably, tears flowed. Three hundred and seventy-seven young ladies stepped from the saving lands of Villa de los Ninos to set foot into a world they...
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,...