While SCNs Clare McNeil and Dorothy MacDougall were visiting Dorothy’s sister and brother-in-law in Vista, CA, they traveled to the US
Mexico border to attend an interfaith prayer for immigration reform. Bishop
Robert McElroy of San Diego joined other faith tradition ministers in a prayer
service which challenged all present to admit the US immigration problem, to
grieve over it and to commit to action.
Several young women offered testimony (in both Spanish and English)
which told of the pain the present broken US system had caused their
families. Some participants carried
crosses with the names of people they knew who had died trying to cross the
This prayer gathering was especially necessary and
meaningful because of the rhetoric of the current presidential campaign. As they sat on US side of the border and
looked into Mexico, Sister Clare and Sister Dorothy felt blessed to join in this effort.