Our Programs in Mexico

In 1990, despite our founder 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 programs in Mexico, starting with a Girlstown in Chalco (about one hour outside Mexico City) 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. Thanks to their generosity, the Sisters were able to start our Boystown program there on November 15, 1998.

Our Girlstown in Chalco accommodates 3,000 secondary school and high school students, offering vocational training in dress making, accounting, and more!

Meet Andrea, a student at Girlstown in Chalco

Chalco Facility Overview

  • 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)

Quick Facts

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

Capacity: 3,000 middle school & high school students

Opened in 1991