Serving the Lord with Joy!

Journey on pilgrimage with the Sisters of Mary


A pilgrimage is traditionally a journey to a holy place — a place where saints have walked, a place where God has met people and blessed them. We believe that through your visit to our villages you are on holy ground. Be blessed and remain open to all that God has prepared for you.

The Sisters of Mary are devoted to helping the poorest of the poor in Asia, Latin America and Africa. The religious order was founded by Father Aloysius Schwartz, champion of the poor. The Sisters have been operating charitable programs for more than fifty years serving children with the greatest need who have the greatest potential.

We invite you to come and see for yourself the life-changing work of helping children break free from a life of poverty!


Jesus says to His disciples, “Come and see” (John 1:39) and we encourage the same sense of seeking…come and find rest, reflection, service, and inspiration.

Guests participate in the daily lives of the Sisters with ample time for  private prayer and personal reflection.


  • Visit to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Round-trip airport transfers within Mexico
  • All meals
  • Daily Holy Hour and celebration of the Mass
  • Daily audio reflection from Fr. Al sharing his spiritual insights on the care of the poor
  • Accommodations at the Villa Aloysius retreat center
  • Medical Insurance
  • Daily conference with Fr. Dan Leary, missionary chaplain for the Sisters of Mary (when available)

We offer three- five- or seven-night options for groups of up to 55 persons. Our retreat facility the Villa Aloysius is a multi-purpose retreat center featuring the founder’s memorial hall, chapel, a replica Chapel of Banneux, guesthouse, café, restaurant, and conference rooms.

Entrance to the Villa Aloysius, our comfortable retreat facility.

The Sisters of Mary are an official religious order of 400 Sisters, who have dedicated their lives to helping poor children.


Humble and joyful service to the Lord and our neighbor

Solidarity with the poor

Respect for human dignity

Passion, perseverance, and adaptability

Pilgrims are integrated into the daily life of our villages, assisting the children and Sisters with daily chores and enjoying time spent together. 

It is not enough to give the poor food and clothing. They need education that gives them the skills to build a dignified existence for themselves.”

– Fr. Aloysius Schwartz, founder