Los Angeles, CA - Site Visit

South Central Los Angeles Ministry Project

Written by: Sister Bernadine Karge, OP

June 15, 2013

Let All My People flourish was my impression of our first stop of the Nuns on the Bus. Throngs of people—parents, students, board members, sisters, friends and neighbors gathered on the parking lot to welcome the Nuns on the Bus. Sister Simone was presented with a bouquet of yellow tulips by children and their mothers who are students in the LAMP—family based education program. S. Simone was delighted to be welcomed home to LA. The group processed through the gate to the courtyard of the school complex for speeches, refreshments, music and mingling.

Leticia Larios, an immigrant mom who joined the program 16 years ago with her children, spoke in clear, correct English of her gratitude for the chance to study English, get her GED and go on to study Early Childhood Education. She now serves on the staff at LAMP. Her daughter Jackie just completed the early childhood course and will enter kindergarten. Her older son completed high school and will go on to college, and her second son will enter high school.

After S. Simone had a chance to visit the early childhood class and the adult English class, she reflected on the spirit of community and the reality of community that keep us whole. Community is the goal of comprehensive immigration reform—to keep families together, to empower women and to honor and encourage the gifts of all of us to make our larger communities flourish—We the people! Not I, my individual self!

SC-LAMP is an intercommunity endeavor of eight women’s religious communities in response to identified community needs after the civil unrest in LA in 1992.