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Help Needed at Border
LCWR recently sent the following request from Donna Markham, OP, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA:

Health and Human Services/Administration for Children and
Families has asked Catholic Charities to take the lead on providing care and accompaniment to thousands of unaccompanied children at the southern border. Sister Donna requests both financial and volunteer assistance from Sisters in this endeavor.

In response, the PLT made a donation to Catholic Charities USA in the name of all of us in the Los Angeles Province. If you wish to make a financial donation information is available at catholiccharities.org If you are interested in volunteer opportunities you can contact Kristan Schlichte.

Let us join in prayer for all involved, especially for the children, as the situation at our borders continues to unfold.
Get on the Bus
Get on the Bus Arizona (GOTB AZ) began its full operation as a
new 501©3 in 2020 funded by the Tony Foundation. With the support, guidance and years of experience from California GOTB and the Sisters of St. Joseph, the program has expanded to two Arizona prisons. Perryville women’s correctional facility has been reuniting families since 2018 under the direction of
St. Patrick Catholic Community in Scottsdale, Arizona.

In 2021, St. Francis Xavier lead by Pastor Father Bob Fambrini, SJ began the family unification project at Lewis Men’s correctional facility in Buckeye, AZ. We are grateful for all the financial, spiritual and foundational support as we look forward to many years of serving Arizona in uniting children with their mothers and fathers in prison.
Judy Vaughan -
Inspirational Woman 
When David, nephew of Kieran and Judy Vaughan, came across the Tory Burch Foundation (whose mission is to empower women entrepreneurs), who recently partnered with Upworthy (an organization who is dedicated to positive storytelling) asking for nominations of women who are making an impact in their communities he decided to nominate his aunt Judy Vaughan. 

One thing led to another and Judy is the featured empowered woman for the month of April! Each month a different woman will be selected and receive $5,000 for the non-profit of their choosing through the Tory Burch Foundation. Judy will use the money for the new Step Up Sisterhood Program at Alexandria House. This program supports women who want to be entrepreneurs themselves and start their own businesses. 

Congratulations, Judy, on this honor. Thank you for your inspiration in our world.

A Story of the Redemption of the Fleur-de-Lis in the 
Los Angeles Province 
Sister Theresa Harpin in the Chapel and the outside view of our former convent with a view of the Fleur-de-lis fence (pointed out by the red arrow).
On the weekend of our April 10th Assembly, I had the opportunity to visit my family in San Diego. Friday morning, my brother-in-law handed me the latest copy of the Southern Cross, the Catholic Diocesan newspaper and said, “There’s an article here that I think you would be interested in.” I opened it and read about a new partnership between the diocese Restorative Justice (RJ) Office and a local nonprofit called Restoring Citizens involving opening a 30 bed facility in Normal Heights.

I quickly sent an email to the Founder/CEO of Restoring Citizens who immediately called me and arranged my tour of the new facility. Fifteen minutes later I was standing inside the former convent of St. John Evangelist Parish, a place that for decades many of our sisters called home when we staffed the parish school. Bobby Ehnow, the Director of the Diocesan RJ Office, and Eddie Blajos, the House Manager, welcomed
me, shared their personal transformation stories and provided me with the tour of the convent, now called Kairos House. (See attached photos)

The last space they showed me was the convent backyard and
pointed to an area along the front fence where they plan to create a healing garden. My eyes fixed on the fence which was topped with a row of bricks in the form of the Fleur-de-Lis. Realizing the prayer we were going to share tomorrow at our Assembly, I was awestruck. Could this be a vision
of redemption for the fleur-de-lis? I felt a deep sense that we had come full circle with our beloved symbol and believe this is just one of probably many examples of a ripple effect that can happen with a greater awareness of our troubled and redemptive journey with the fleur-de-lis.

Sister Theresa Harpin, CSJ