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Story Publication logo October 3, 2019

On the Border: Inside Casa Vides

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Sister Maria Antonia Aranda, a Mexican nun whose motherhouse is located in Michigan, runs a migrant shelter in Ciudad Juárez. Image by Lily Moore-Eissenberg. United States, 2019.
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During the family-separation crisis of 2018, hundreds of nuns descended on the U.S.-Mexico border to...

Sister Beatrice Donnellan works in the kitchen at Casa Vides, the migrant shelter she directs. Image by Lily Moore-Eisenberg. United States, 2019.
Sister Beatrice Donnellan works in the kitchen at Casa Vides, the migrant shelter she directs. Image by Lily Moore-Eisenberg. United States, 2019.

One summer afternoon, a mile and a half from the closest bridge to Mexico, a Border Patrol van dropped off a group of pregnant women from Central America at an El Paso migrant shelter called Casa Vides. The shelter is affiliated with Annunciation House, a faith-based nonprofit that has led efforts to support refugees. When the women arrived, the nuns who were working at Casa Vides jumped into action. A look inside the shelter gives an overview of how nuns are tending to the needs of migrants on the border.

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