Our Programmes in Mexico

In 1990, despite Father Al  already being afflicted with the terminal illness Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), he accepted the invitation of His Excellency, Msgr. Jose Maria Hernandez Gonzalez, Bishop of the diocese of Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico to establish programmes in Mexico, starting with a Girlstown in Chalco (about one hour outside Mexico City) in 1991.

In 1998, six years after Father Al's death, his successor Sister Michaela received an invitation from His Eminence Juan Cardinal Sandoval Iniguez, Archbishop of Guadalajara and Governor Alberto Cardenas Jimenez to start a Boystown in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Thanks to their generosity, the Sisters were able to start our Boystown programme there on November 15, 1998.

Our Girlstown in Chalco currently accommodates 3,141 middle school and high school students, offering vocational training in dress-making, accounting, and more.

Chalco Facility Overview

  • 4 seven-story buildings for children’s dormitories and classrooms
  • 2 workshops for vocational training
  • 2 single and 1 double gymnasium with stage
  • 1 semi-Olympic size swimming pool
  • 10 football fields
  • 20 basketball courts
  • 2 miniature concrete-surfaced football rapido (soccer) courts
  • 1 three-story building for dressmaking workshop and a dormitory for graduates
  • 1 sewage treatment plant
  • 1 Day Care for the children of the poor in Valle del Chalco & Women’s training centre (located 30 minutes outside Girlstown)
Quick Facts

Las Hermanas de María – Girlstown in Chalco
Carr. Chalco-Mixquic Km 2
Chalco, Edo. De México C. P. 56600, Mexico

Capacity: Over 3,000 middle school & high school students

Opened in 1991