My trip to the grand island of Jamaica was to document the work being accomplished there by the Sisters of Mercy. For a number of years I have worked on projects for the Sisters, beginning with photography at Mercy Hospital in 1978.

A dedicated group of women, the Sisters of Mercy provide  ministry to the sick, poor, and uneducated of this world.

For over one hundred thirty years, the Sisters have provided ministry in Jamaica, beginning with the boys school at Alpha. With forty acres purchased by Sister Ripoll with her own money, the ministry has grown to include infant and primary schools, a high school, Trade Training Centers, and two residential institutions for homeless and delinquent boys.

 

Much of the ministry in Kingston, the capital, takes place in what I would call compounds, separated from the crime and desperation that is so prevalent in this complicated city.

copyright 2011 Jim Lockman/Click!

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