Sister Jacinta is still needed at the Mexican border

Ursuline Sister Jacinta Powers expected to spend the first six months of 2020 serving migrants at the Mexican border. Her year – like everyone else’s in 2020 – took an unexpected turn. Sister Jacinta continues to serve in Matamoros, Mexico, with Global Response Management, where she expects to remain at least through December. “I was…

A letter to the editor of the Courier-Journal and The Record about the DACA ruling

To the Editor:   Together with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), we celebrate the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down President Trump’s attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Court’s ruling safeguards the right of 700,000 DACA recipients to live and work in the country that is their home. DACA…

Every person is a precious child of God

Racism is the original and persistent sin of the United States.  Unarmed black people are killed by police authorities and armed members of the public.  Say their names:  George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Tony Robinson, Trayvon Martin.  So many others.   We know this.  We see this.  We grieve. …

Update from the border: God is among the people

(Ursuline Sister Jacinta Powers is in her second month of serving in a clinic for refugees on the Mexico-America border who are awaiting asylum hearings. This is her latest update and photo from Matamoros, Mexico.) A recent Psalm response at Mass stayed in my head all day as I viewed the living space of the…

Children at play is evidence of faith

Ursuline Sister Jacinta Powers has now spent a month serving in a clinic for refugees on the Mexico-America border who are awaiting asylum hearings. On Feb. 11, 2020, she wrote about the children making their temporary home in Matamoros, Mexico. “Throughout the camp one can ALWAYS see children playing. In this picture is a little…

Sister Jacinta sees refugee life up close in her first weeks in Mexico

Ursuline Sister Jacinta Powers is settling in with her work at Global Response Management, using her nursing skills to serve refugees on the Mexican border. In her first two weeks traveling daily from Brownsville, Texas to Matamoros, Mexico, she is seeing firsthand what life is like for people who are awaiting asylum hearings in the…

Sister Jacinta Powers will spend six months serving refugees in Mexico

While working at a medical clinic in Memphis, Tenn., 10 years ago, Ursuline Sister Jacinta Powers explained why she enjoyed serving the poor. “Where God wants you is where passion and need intersect,” she said. “I’m always happy serving the poor.” Sister Jacinta is taking that opportunity again. On Jan. 10, 2020, she departed for…

Ursuline Sisters join other women religious to support Paris Climate Agreement

The Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph are joining with other religious communities across Kentucky and southern Indiana to state their disappointment with the federal government’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. In a letter signed by the Ursuline Sisters’ leadership and also the leadership of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, the Sisters…