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Members of Mexican-founded order minister, teach on U.S. side of border
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Sister Barbara Monsegur, high school principal at Lourdes catholic School in Nogales, Ariz., joins hands with students during a Mass celebrated at April 1 at the U.S.-Mexico border. She is a member of the Minim Daughters of Mary Immaculate, an order that was established in Mexico and has had a presence in the U.S. side of border for decades.
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Sister Barbara Monsegur, high school principal at Lourdes catholic School in Nogales, Ariz., joins hands with students during a Mass celebrated at April 1 at the U.S.-Mexico border. She is a member of the Minim Daughters of Mary Immaculate, an order that was established in Mexico and has had a presence in the U.S. side of border for decades.
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NOGALES, Arizona — When the Minim Daughters of Mary Immaculate congregation was established in Mexico in 1886, the founder named it such because he felt Mary would watch closely over her youngest of daughters.

Early on, the congregation was called to aid a community devastated by flooding in central Mexico. The first Minim sisters ran medical centers, orphanages and schools.

In 1926, they arrived in the U.S. fleeing religious persecution in Mexico.

"The United States opened up its doors to us as Mexican refugees," said Sister Barbara Monsegur, the high school principal at Lourdes Catholic School in Nogales, Arizona. "Now we're helping educate students so that the country continues to open its doors to those in need."

Lourdes -- the only school in the United States run by the Minims -- has taught students from both sides of the border for eight decades. Many of its early students were boarders from Mexico sent to learn English.

"We're bilingual, bicultural, by choice," said Sister Monsegur of the school that educates students ages 3 to 18.

Even as religion and theology are taught at Lourdes, faith is cultivated by example and practice.

"We are a service-centered school," said Sister Esther Hugues, the elementary principal. That is the main reason the sisters welcomed the founding of the Kino Teens, she said. The group of older students serves meals to deported migrants in Nogales, in the Mexican state of Sonora, and advocate on their behalf.

The congregation's charism, "to meet the needs of the neediest as a merciful Christ," is something the Minims pass on to their students as well, said the two sisters.

And, the school's education objectives include nurturing critical thinkers.

"In order to discover God's will, you have to ask questions," said Sister Monsegur, citing Mary's response at the Annunciation, which was "Yes," but also, "How can this be?"

"It's a little different than blind obedience," she said.

Most of the order's 300 members work in schools and medical centers in Mexico. But there are a few Minims in Cuba, Ecuador and Rome. Seven sisters reside at the Minim convent in Nogales.

Educating students from both sides of the border in Nogales brings uncommon challenges for the sisters and staff at Lourdes. They often have to deal with tardiness caused by lines at the border crossings.

"Today in the SENTRI line, the kids were in line for over an hour and a half," said Sister Monsegur.

SENTRI, which stands for Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection, was established by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to ease the passage of "low-risk travelers" across the border.

When the topic of immigration comes up, the sisters themselves who are different ages and backgrounds have different viewpoints.

"But what we emphasize with the students is that everyone is entitled to human dignity, said Sister Monsegur. "There is no easy solution to this problem. What we want to make sure is that the kids know human dignity and human respect."

As the congregation's only U.S.-born member, Sister Monsegur would like to see the order expand its reach in the United States to educate more Latino children, especially those in inner cities.

"My goal for our congregation is that we follow the spirit like we did way back in 1926 and perhaps not open schools, but staff schools that are already in these areas and that are closing."

She said the future of the U.S. Catholic Church and the nation rests in children who are not currently receiving adequate education in their faith and otherwise.

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