GLOBAL SISTERS REPORT – Interview with Sr. Rosie Nicholson
Global Sisters Report has published an interview with Sr. Rosemary Nicholson, RJM, written by Melissa Cedillo. Below is an excerpt of the entire interview which is attached to Bridges.
Q & A WITH SR. ROSEMARY NICHOLSON,
MINISTERING TO MIGRANT CHILDREN AT THE TIJUANA BORDER
What does this ministry look like now, during a pandemic?
Because of COVID-19, Catholic Charities has moved toward renting out hotel rooms for recently arrived migrant families to prevent grouping-together of people.
We would go door to door at these hotel rooms and offer to pray with families or give them a portion of Psalms that was related to journeying. No one refused us. No matter their faith or country of origin, everyone welcomed prayer.
These families are a lot more isolated now because of COVID-19. Where before, various migrant kids and parents could come together to do art or to simply be present to each other, this is no longer allowed because of COVID.
What advice would you give to young people working on immigration advocacy who are feeling burned out and need hope?
Come and see, because it changes you. Work in community; being together as a community gives you the support you need. Being with migrants transforms you. Their stories, their faith, it is hopeful. Don’t give up.
Pictured: On right, Sr. Rosemary Nicholson helps children make animal masks at Madre Asunta in Tijuana, Mexico. She has worked at Instituto Madre Asunta, a shelter for migrants across the border from San Diego, since summer 2018.