By S. Victoria Marie Forde
S. Sarah Mulligan
It’s no surprise that S. Sarah Mulligan is helping the six Oblate Sisters of the Holy Redeemer ministering to women as prostitutes in Guatemala’s dismal red-light district. She first learned about the Oblate Sisters ministry from reading the Global Sisters Report on Sept. 27, 2016. When she shared the information with her staff at the Daniel Comboni Community Clinic in Mixco, Guatemala, they all agreed with S. Sarah that they had to help the Oblate Sisters and the women.
According to the Report, without preaching, the Oblates try to help these desperate women, ages ranging from 20s to mid-60s. As many as 250 women a day work usually to support their children or grandchildren, but they must pay rent and protection fees to gangs from their meager income. If not, they suffer beatings and even death. One was recently discovered dead after three days with one of the inspirational cards the Sisters gave to her in her room.
S. Sarah writes that she and Luisa Urizar, the assistant director at the clinic in Mixco, are now in touch with them and taking them food. “We have lots of rice with soya from the Knights of Malta that cooks up rapidly. So we will keep in touch. … We also have clothes ... and sometimes soap, etc. Great work they are doing.”
Through S. Sarah’s ministry we SCs and Associates are supporting the Oblates’ mission to minister to women in the sex industry embodied in their statement: “We care for you as you are.”