We went to California in the 1950s when the new suburbs were appearing which needed schools and for many years we were fully involved in education, staffing elementary schools in Downey, Norwalk areas of Los Angeles and in the city of Los Angeles itself. In 2017 we left Fairfield in the Diocese of Sacramento after 60+ years of service in the school. We have communities in Los Angeles and San Francisco and in New Orleans, Louisiana.
An important outreach is the Margaret Aylward Centre, co-ordinated by a laywoman, which provides services to the undocumented and the poor of the area. English classes are offered at beginner and advanced levels and preparation for citizenship courses are given. Most of the clients of the centre are Spanish speaking and qualified Spanish speaking counsellors provides weekly counselling on a volunteer basis.
All services are free and sisters and volunteers teach the classes. The Centre also offers a food service to the poor. Associates from all around California support the Centre financially.
Our four sisters in New Orleans engage in social action and advocacy. With other religious we tackle the high levels of murder and violence in the city, promote immigration reform and support the people still recovering from the long-lasting effects of Hurricane Katrina.
Sisters work in the Archdiocesan Office for Racial Harmony, in Lantern Light a centre for homeless people, in parish faith development and social advocacy.