Message from Dot Himes, Animator for Justice, Peace and Care for Creation – with gratitude to Bridget, Pat M and  Brother David Buer, ofm: 



Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,


In follow-up to the powerful ongoing formation about the situation at the southern border of the US at our May Gathering by Brother David Buer, ofm, we have requested and received a list of the items most needed at the outreach center he described.


Judy Bourg ( is a School Sister of Notre Dame (SSND) who lives in Douglas, AZ and who ministers at the Agua Prieta Center as part of a coalition of several groups  - including No More Deaths from Tucson and Phoenix.


Below is the list she sent us – with gratitude for whatever we could offer.  

Bridget Durham and Pat Mower plan to drive down and deliver these items in person.






  • Men’s boxer shorts, medium (new)

  • White cotton socks. (Shoe size 6 to 12)

  • Men’s jeans, or heavy duty pants, only, size 28 or 30 (used or new)

  • Backpacks

  • Inexpensive flip-flops for people who have blistered feet

  • Antibiotic cream - regular/smaller size tubes

  • Tylenol

  • Lip balm

  • Nail clippers and tweezers

  • Small patches for pain relief on legs and other parts of the body (for example SALONPAS)

  • Ace bandages

  • Toothbrushes and small tubes of toothpaste

  • Large black garbage bags

  • Napkins

  • Paper cups for coffee

  • Sugar and powdered cream for coffee

  • Toilet paper

  • Boxes of protein granola bars

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We, a fraternity in the Secular Franciscan Order, stand in solidarity with all those crying out for justice in the wrongful deaths of George Floyd and all of our other brothers and sisters who have lost their lives at the hands of those who have abused their power and authority. 

We seek to encounter the living and active person of Christ in each and every one of our brothers and sisters (Art. 5, The Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order). We are inspired by our patron, Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, who, rooted in his Catholic Faith, unequivocally opposed violence and unjust systems of oppression. 

Like St. Francis of Assisi, we humbly pledge to do what is ours to do in order to rebuild this broken community - that it may become one of peace and equality. 

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