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December 2018


Visiting the U.S./Mexico border as part of an immersion experience Nov 12-16 are, from left: Mercy Sister Mary Bilderback, Kristofer Czerwiec, Kasturi Das Gupta, Karen Sullivan, Maureen Falcon, Mercy Sister Kathy Thill, Bryan Hangar, Mercy Sister Mary Miner, Father Bob Mosher, Mercy Sister Kathleen Erickson, Mike Poulin, Servant of Mary Sister Valeria Lewandoski and Jean Stokan.

Mercy sisters, others learn about migrant experience

The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas – West-Midwest community sponsored an immersion experience for several sisters and lay people to visit the U.S.-Mexico border and learn about the situation facing migrants seeking asylum or entry into this country.

Thirteen people made the Nov. 12-16 trip. They were hosted at the Columban 


Pope John XXIII Central High School students Onesa Rodriguez, left, and Jamie Dozler select items for gift boxes during the annual Operation Christmas Child packing party Nov. 15 at the school in Elgin. A total of 58 shoebox gifts were assembled including shoes, school supplies, toys and personal items donated by Deb Trease, a member of St. Theresa of Avila Parish in Clearwater, and Pope John students and families. The shoebox gifts will be distributed to children around the world by an international aid organization.

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