You might ask how a person becomes seduced into the crime of trafficking. The answer is that anyone can become a victim of this modern-day form of slavery. It happens in front of our eyes and exists because of the demand for sex, free labor and organs. This has become a 150-billion-dollar industry.
Realizing that this evil needed to be addressed on many fronts both locally and globally, Sr. Christina MacLean, SMSM and Sr. Susan Scherkenbach, SMSM undertook research into the issue with the support of their congregation. A special calling in their hearts led them to San Diego, a significant port and border crossing and one of the top ten areas of trafficking in the US.
The greatest needs for the victims were safe housing and services. Responding to these needs, the Marist Missionary Sisters started Mary’s Guest House on November 7th, 2005 with the desire to provide a safe environment where healing, dream making and wholeness could take place.
" With her we move forward in faith, welcoming the unexpected, certain of God's guidance "
Right: Sr. Christina Mac Lean, SMSM (Director). Left: Sr. Mary Jane Kenney, SMSM (Co-Director).