May 26, 2021
By Angelie Ryah, a member of the Casa de Misericordia Intentional Community in San Diego
Oh my friends. Words fail to capture my experience yesterday of being allowed inside the San Diego Convention Center, where 1,450 unaccompanied migrant girls are being held.
As part of a larger group of clergy volunteering to provide spiritual care to these vulnerable kids, I joined two of my community members, Sisters Mary Waskowiak and Mary Kay Dobrovolny, to attend a Mass led by the local archbishop. After lots of security procedures, we were escorted into the main area. I had expected to simply observe, but all three of us were seated on the platform with the bishop! We helped lead some singing and clapping, but most of all I looked into their faces; saw the tears and sadness; and watched them shift between smiles, confusion and crying within minutes.
Afterwards, we each got to offer prayer for whoever desired it, and long lines of kids immediately formed in front of us. It was unspeakably tender to get to bless them with a few words of hope. Many opened their arms for a hug and just melted into tears as I held them. It was so hard to let go! There were a few little brothers getting to stay with their sisters, and one shy little charmer of maybe 5 years kept coming back for another hug.Read More