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More than 3,000 students aged 12-18 live at Girlstown in Chalco, Mexico.

By Kevin Wells, National Catholic Register, July 10, 2024

Kevin Wells Kevin Wells is a former Major League Baseball writer, Catholic speaker, and author of Priest and Beggar: The Heroic Life of Venerable Aloysius Schwartz (Ignatius Press). His best-selling book The Priests We Need to Save the Church was published by Sophia Institute Press in 2019.


Many visiting clergy from the U.S. have had their vocations deepened and transformed by the salvific work of the Sisters of Mary and their spiritual children.

Two weeks ago, in the shadow of a pair of volcanos in a poor Mexican town, Father Dwight Longenecker was lifted into another dimension that left him wordless.

The South Carolina pastor and prolific Catholic author was the latest member of the American clergy to become wonderstruck by an ongoing phenomenon at the free Catholic boarding school in Chalco, a hardscrabble town outside of Mexico City. Like other bishops, priests and religious who had visited before him, Father Longenecker was transfixed when the iron gate to Villa de Las Niñas swung open and he began to understand what many regard as “the miracle of Girlstown.”

Is “miracle” too strong a word?

“No,” a visiting priest said. “A miracle of God takes place every day in Chalco. Countless children are raised there from seeming deaths.” …

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