CHAPARRAL, New Mexico

In rural Chaparral, on the US/Mexican border and about 20 miles from El Paso, the Assumption Sisters, along with their partner AMA's, work with the largely recently arrived Mexican population.  The AMAs live and work at Casa Maria Eugenia, running youth programs, and facilitating vacation and summer camps for children and teens. They also coordinate Friday night activities for the families of Chaparral;  assist in the nearby middle-school with ESOL classes and transitioning recently arrived students; assist with Parish Ministry at St. Thomas More parish (for example, CCD, RCIA, youth group, and First Communion preparation); join the Sisters in many peace and justice activities; volunteer at the prison and refugee centers; and immerse themselves in the life of the community.

*Two females are required to serve at a time or one male.

View a short film here that describes an AMA's experience in Chaparral.

 AMA Sammy takes us on a tour
of Casa Maria Eugenie, home of the volunteers in Chapa!

Youth ministry nights
Walking with the children
Youth Group Halloween Party
Making dinner for migrants
Summer Camp
Sharing life with the Sisters
AMA Sammy and students
Hot air ballon festival