Ursulines serve at the Border in El Paso
Louisville Ursulines Kathy Neely and Yuli Oncihuay, along with Toledo Ursuline Carol Reamer, served at the Casa del Refugiado of Annunciation House during the month of May,2021. The three had lived and served together in Peru for decades and so it was a reunion for them to journey together. Casa del Refugiado is a temporary shelter (1-3 days) for immigrants entering the country. They performed various duties, including intake, serving meals, laundry and cleaning. On Mother’s Day, Sister Yuli had the three of them craft cards for the mothers that were there. Over a hundred people a day that came through the shelter and there were 14 volunteers and support staff.
They saw and heard many heartbreaking stories; of families separated at the border, of children traumatized and the uncertainty of where they were going next. Relatives and friend were to sponsor them for the next leg of their journey, but it was often a tenuous connection. All three Sisters said they the experience had a powerful impact on them.
They said that the verse Matthew 25: 37-40 served as the underpinning of their experience:
Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?
And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did
for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
For a more in-depth description of their service at the border, please see our Summer 2021 DOME article: https://ursulinesisterslouisville.org/dome-magazine/
Photo caption: Sisters Carol Reamer (Toledo), Kathy Neely and Yuli Oncihuay (Louisville)
Craft photo caption: Sisters Yuli, Kathy and Carol make Mother’s Day gifts for the guests of Casa del Refugiado.