Students Help Girls at ‘Orfanatorio la Paz’

Twenty years ago, a parishioner from St. Mary Magdalen Parish went to Mexico City on a medical mission. While she was there, she found a poor orphanage with many girls. The orphanage’s name is the Peace Orphanage. Founded in 1921 by a group of Benedictine religious sisters, the Peace Orphanage takes in orphaned and abused girls from all over Mexico City.

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In 2013, St. Mary Magdalen parish created the Peace Orphanage program in order to improve the living conditions of the girls and religious sisters by sending them money to provide food, shelter, and schooling. This program is their primary source of income. Parishioners have gone to the orphanage and made many improvements to the facility, but many more still need to be completed.

Recently, SMM School was invited to participate in promoting awareness and raising funds for the girls of the orphanage. The proceeds from last year’s Powder Puff flag football game were sent to the Peace orphanage. Likewise, on Wednesday, Nov. 12, donations were collected prior to our weekly Wednesday liturgy and will be sent to the Peace Orphanage. We as a parish and school have been blessed to have the opportunity to help the girls at the orphanage, for it is in giving that we receive.

Article written by Jack, 7th grade student, St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School, Altamonte Springs