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The Life of a Sister Who are immigrants and where do they come from?

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The Life of a Sister: 

The Life of a Sister

All Religious: 

All Religious FOLLOW CHRIST

WE TAKE VOWS: 

WE TAKE VOWS WE MAKE PROMISES

POVERTY: 

POVERTY CHASTITY OBEDIENCE

WE ARE THE …: 

WE ARE THE …

Missionary catechist of the poor: 

Missionary catechist of the poor

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M C P

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MISSIONARY

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CATECHIST

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POOR

WHAT DO WE DO?: 

WHAT DO WE DO?

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We live in community

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We offer our lives In union with Christ for the forgiveness of sin.

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We Pray

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Our life is full of adventure For the Lord

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Maybe God is calling you?

WHO ARE THEY?: 

WHO ARE THEY?

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Catholics by Culture

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82.7% of Mexicans d eclare Catholicism a s their religion

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They lack religious formation

Things to remember: 

There are 17,000 priests in Mexico. (Diocesan –Religious) Each priest has an impossible mission of attending to 5,500 Catholics. Things to remember

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Thousands of communities DO NOT HAVE a permanent pastor. This is especially true of the most remote and rural areas of Mexico.

Pastoral Attention: 

Many villages only have the celebration of the Eucharist ONCE A YEAR (feast of Patron Saint) Pastoral Attention

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The Catholic Church in the United States has more than 68.5 million registered members, it is the largest single religious denomination in the United States , comprising about 22 percent of the population. According to a new 2011 study by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, "The US Catholic population is currently 77.7 million.“ The United States has the fourth largest Catholic population in the world , after Brazil, Mexico, and the Philippines. There are 41,000 priest in US

Things to remember: 

Most of the people migrating to the United States are from the most poor and abandoned villages of Latin America. Some come from the indigenous regions They lack religious formation Things to remember

CONSEQUENCES: 

The majority of the people lack religious formation. They are not accustomed to go to mass every Sunday. No one has taught them the importance of the Eucharist because they do not even have the Blessed Sacrament in their communities. They do not baptize their children at an early age because they baptize in their communities once a year. They DO NOT KNOW ANY BETTER. CONSEQUENCES

IN THE USA: 

We are “ nobody ”. We do not count We have been abandoned and yet we are here and IN THE USA

We are CATHOLIC: 

We are CATHOLIC

What do the people need?: 

What do the people need ?

Your Smile: 

Your Smile

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Lets us feel the presence of God

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Because of your smile we know God loves us

What can I do?: 

What can I do?

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Open your heart a nd Be You !

WHY do “They” come?: 

WHY do “ They ” come?

Immigration Phenomena: 

Immigration Phenomena

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The history of the United States is made from people on a journey .

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But today many people on that journey have been forced to leave their families and country in order to survive .

FACTS: 

FACTS In Latin America 44% of the population lives in POVERTY

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and 40 % of those are indigent, which means that 40% lives on less that $1.00 a day .

NAFTA: 

NAFTA Dec.8, 1993

The magic formula?: 

The magic formula? It was sold to the American public as the magic formula that would improve economy At the same time it would raise up the impoverished Mexican econmoy

Broccoli: 

Broccoli

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In 2004, 80% of processed broccoli consumed in the United States came from imports , 74% of which comes from MEXICO. In 2004, the value of imported broccoli amounted to $206.5 million Making the United States a net importer . Production of frozen broccoli is labor intensive and U.S. labor costs are higher than other countries . In particular, Mexico’s low cost of labor has allowed Mexico to provide the majority of imports to U.S. and Guatemala being the second largest 14%. The base tariff was phased out over 10 years . It is now ZERO

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$8.00-10.00 Maquiladora: 750-900 pesos semanales = 61-73 250-350 dollares al mes

THE EFFECTS OF NAFTA: 

THE EFFECTS OF NAFTA

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More than 90 million latin american farmers live in poverty and 47% of them in extreme poverty .

MIGRATION HAS BECOME A QUESTION OF SURVIVAL: 

MIGRATION HAS BECOME A QUESTION OF SURVIVAL

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They pack up a pair of shirts , a hat , memories and muster up the courage to begin their journey .

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They pack up their wishes to stay and become the people they dreamed …

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They say good bye trying to smile as they leave behind their family , their culture, their country… everything .

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And they beg God Crucified on the Cross

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To take care of their family

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And their journey begins

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And so too their suffering

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As they travel they think with sadness of the road back to their home

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And the people they left behind

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Waiting , hoping to see them once again someday .

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Finally they reach the border

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Land of hope and dreams

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And they cross

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Each year there are several hundred migrant deaths along the Mexico-U.S. border of those attempting to cross into the United States from Mexico illegally.

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The number of deaths has steadily increased since the middle 1990s.

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According to the United States Border Patrol , more than 3,000 people died crossing the U.S–Mexico border between the years 1998-2009.

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The lack of « papers » converts them into fugitives

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And so they are not from Here because they have no papers to prove it ,

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And yet they are not in Latin America WE are HERE!

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More than 35% of all Catholics in the US are L atino.

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More than 50% of all catholics in the USA Under the age of 25 are hispanic /latino descent .

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It is projected that by 2050 more than 50% of Catholics will be of Hispanic /Latino. In other words the majority of Catholics will be Latino.

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What am I called to do as a disciple of Christ? WWJD?