In 1990, despite Father Al being already afflicted with the terminal illness Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), he accepted the invitation of His Excellency, Msgr. Jose Maria Hernandez Gonzalez, Bishop of the diocese of Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico to establish charity programmes in Mexico, starting with a Girlstown in Chalco in 1991.
In 1998, six years after Father Al's death, his successor Sister Michaela received an invitation from His Eminence Juan Cardinal Sandoval Iniguez, Archbishop of Guadalajara and Governor Alberto Cardenas Jimenez to start a Boystown in Guadalajara, Jalisco.
Through their generosity, the Sisters started our Boystown programme there on November 15, 1998. At this time, our Boystown can accommodate 2,000 young boys for their secondary school programme with specialized training in vocational courses such as auto mechanics, accounting, culinary arts and more. Currently there are 1,880 boys at our school.
Read more about our Mexican Boystown in this testimony from a visitor.
Las Hermanas de María – Boystown in Guadalajara
Los Laureles Carr. Federal No. 35
Guadalajara-Jiquilpan Km 116
Acatlán de Juarez, Jalisco
Estado de México C. P. 45700, Mexico
Capacity: 2,000 middle school and high school students
Opened in 1998