La Crosse’s Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration offer prayer and comfort at the southern border

The team of five is volunteering on the Arizona border

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration are working with migrants at the southern border. 

Its one thing to read about an event or watch it on TV, and another to see it in person. “Heaviness of the reality of what’s going on here”, says Sister Rose Elsbernd. 

The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration are answering an emergency call from Catholic Charities to help care for the growing number of families and children seeking asylum at the southern border. “Lots of children, children under the age of seven”, says Elsbernd. 

The team is providing medical care, distributing clothing and meals, and learning all they can about what’s happening and why. “And help people understand that they are human. They just want to have a safe good life”, says FSPA Justice and Peace Promoter Pat Ruda. 

Their mission to offer care and compassion has been eye opening; filled with equal moments joy and heartbreak. “We stood at crosses where people died in the desert and prayed with those families”, says Sister Kristin Peters.

When the La Crosse team leaves, the people they helped will remain close to their hearts. So will their prayers for the families and children still making their way to the border. “They are just people with passion and care for others. We can support them wherever we live.”, says Ruda.

The group will return this weekend and plans to share their experience with people in the La Crosse community.