Sisters of Mary
Since 2009, The Papal Foundation has provided grants of nearly $500,000 to the Sisters of Mary and their Boystown and Girlstown communities throughout Central and South America.
In addition to outfitting these schools with critical technology such as computers, as well as new furniture and state-of-the-art washing machines and kitchen equipment, The Papal Foundation’s largest impact may have been felt when an earthquake destroyed a three-story workshop building and the chapel at the Sisters of Mary Boystown in the Philippines.
After the 7.2 intensity earthquake hit in October 2013, the community was forced to close for a few months for the safety of the students. But with the help of The Papal Foundation, the re-construction and retrofitting of these buildings, which are central to the Sisters’ work, did not cause any financial burden. The Papal Foundation’s grant rebuilt essential buildings that house workshops for mechatronics, electrical installation, basic and advance computer operations, technical drafting, and machining.
“Our workshop serves as the only place where students receive technical education, particularly electrical training courses,” said Sr. Maria Cho, SM. “The Papal Foundation’s generosity has helped prepare thousands of poor children for a competitive job market with the necessary technical skills.”
Additionally, the reconstruction included a new music room, along with a chapel where Mass is celebrated, catechism is taught and where the community participates in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
“In this building, we not only learn the needed technical skills to prepare ourselves for a brighter future, but we are also nourished spiritually as we attend Mass in the chapel, adore our Eucharistic Lord, and learn our catechism…a million thanks for your generosity,” added one student.
The Sisters of Mary were founded in Korea in 1964 to serve the poor in underdeveloped countries, providing free educational and vocational welfare for the underprivileged children and youth, medical care to the sick and the dying, and shelter to the homeless and helpless.
The Sisters of Mary officially started its operation in the Philippines in 1985, establishing Boystowns and Girlstowns that serve as schools and homes for deserving students from poorest of the poor families. They take care of the indigent youth entrusted to them by giving them free food, clothing, shelter, medical and dental services, and secondary education.
The Sisters and children at this Boystown school are praying for The Papal Foundation each day, and are reminded of our support by a plaque installed in our honor in 2015. Let us keep them in our prayers as well, as they reminded us in a thank you letter, “The Glory of God is man fully alive.”
The Sisters of Mary could not send children home to their poor villages during quarantine, where there would be no medical care. Without teachers or staff, they all remained at Girlstown and supported each other during this challenging time, with the older girls helping the younger students with their studies and daily chores.