About Phil Sevilla

Mr. Sevilla, prior to assuming the role of President of the Texas Leadership Coalition was the President of Catholic Coalition of New Mexico, a non-profit Catholic advocacy organization and Executive Director for Project Defending Life, a Catholic pro-life ministry in Albuquerque, NM. He held managerial and staff positions serving technology companies in Silicon Valley and Fortune 100 corporations for over twenty years.

A “Provocative” Perspective On the Immigration Crisis Facing America and Neighboring Countries

A “Provocative” Perspective On the Immigration Crisis Facing America and Neighboring Countries by Al Notzon Introduction             Around 1985 I was invited to be on a State Department trip to Mexico to discuss the problems the country was having in Mexico City, Monterrey, and Guadalajara, their three largest metropolitan areas.  The cities’ concern was the rapid growth of population in all … Continue reading

Letter to Papal Nuncio Addressing St. Patrick’s Day Parade in N.Y.

Friends, You may have heard that recently the Archbishop of New York, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, caved in to the demands of homosexual activists associated with NBC pressing to be allowed to march with their “gay pride” colors in the next annual St. Patrick’s Day parade scheduled for March 2015. Virginia State Delegate (state representative) Robert G. Marshall wrote the Papal  Nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Vigano, a strongly worded … Continue reading

Planned Parenthood in San Antonio: New Abortion Capitol of South Texas?

Planned Parenthood  in San Antonio: New Abortion Capitol of South Texas by Phil Sevilla Two news items which appeared in the local paper over the past few days regarding the status of the new Texas state regulations on abortion caught my eye. It triggered for me a “walk down memory lane” recalling the events in Austin last year. In the … Continue reading

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Urgent Appeal for “All Things New” Safe House

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Urgent Appeal for “All Things New” Safe House

by Phil Sevilla

Linda Caswell and the residents of the All Things New safe house in San Antonio need your help. All Things New is a ministry established to provide safe havens for victims of human trafficking. The special homes of All Things New provide a safe haven for women and children who are victims of sex trafficking. A faith-based ministry, it’s mission is to  provide shelter, protection, restoration, and rehabilitation for victims of human trafficking.

Believe it or not, human trafficking is a booming “business” in Texas and all over the U.S. In the United States, 300,000-400,000 minors every year are at risk of being trafficked.  Worldwide, the business of trafficking human beings – men, women, and children,  is now estimated at $32 billion. 21st century slavery, torture, murder, rape, and trading of human beings in the pursuit of profit  is an abominable practice today as slavery was in the American colonial period of the 18th century.

Linda Caswell should know. Victimized when she was a young woman in New Orleans, drawn by drugs and cash into a hellish lifestyle, she was kept in bondage, living in terror under the threat of torture and death. She escaped and found solace and her calling when she converted to the Christian faith. Two years ago she entered the Catholic Church.

Before moving a few years ago to establish her headquarters in San Antonio, Linda worked in prison ministry, established other safe houses, trained as a nurse, and worked as the Oklahoma director for Concerned Women for America. She believes strongly in her mission to establish safe houses here in San Antonio for abused women brutalized and dehumanized by the sex trade. There is a special bond between women who have been sexually exploited.

The first All Things New safe house under Linda’s supervision in San Antonio is a former convent and crisis pregnancy home in the vicinity of Our Lady of Guadalupe parish on El Paso Street. The peaceful setting of the chapel on the second floor brings the women together for prayer. She would like to start a home for men as well.

The influx of immigrants coming in from south of the border has brought not only people fleeing from economic hardships and violence in Latin American countries but also desperate souls seeking asylum in the United States coming from other continents like Africa and the Middle East rife with war-ravaged conflicts, involuntary servitude and slavery, cultural practices where destitute parents sell their own children to survive from day to day.

The six women living at the All Things New safe house in San Antonio are from Ethiopia. Two of them are expecting and are due to give birth in the next two months. One has a beautiful newborn whose radiant smile lights up the whole home. Two more women are expected to arrive this week to share tight quarters at the home (much better than the facilities at the women’s detention center). These women have suffered tremendous hardships and inhuman, barbarous conditions, some for many years.

Linda’s budget for the safe house exceeds $5,000 a month. She is in dire need of financial and material support. Financial donations are greatly needed. Also two strollers, three high chairs, diapers, blankets, baby products, laundry detergent, women’s hygiene supplies.

Some of the women know some English. A volunteer with experience teaching English as a second language would be greatly appreciated.

For more information about the All Things New ministry, please go to: http://www.allthingsnewus.com/

Please pray for the ministry of All Things New and for the healing and the restoration of women and children living at the home in San Antonio.

You can send your monetary donations to Darlene Jimenez or Phil Sevilla. Checks payable to All Things New Inc., a 501C3 non-profit corporation. Your donations are tax-deductible. Receipt available upon request. We can arrange to pick up your donation and any household goods you have to offer.

Darlene Jimenez
St Joan of Arc Brigade
134 E. Mistletoe Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78212
210-771-5757
darlenedjimenez@gmail.com

Phil Sevilla
Texas Leadership Coalition
3503 Mill Grove St.
San Antonio, TX 78230
210-784-0518
philsevilla@att.net

A Reason to Celebrate – San Antonio Streetcar Plan Killed

According to the San Antonio Express News today, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and Interim Mayor Ivy Taylor killed the SA streetcar project “in the wake of rising political pressure to put it to a public vote.” The “starter” project covering the first 4.5 miles was estimated to cost $490 million. San Antonio residents have voted against a downtown streetcar … Continue reading

Start your July 4th holiday with a Thanksgiving Mass and Rosary at Abortion Mill

Please join us for Holy Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish on July 4th to celebrate the landmark Supreme Court decision handed down on June 30th, protecting the religious liberty rights of owners of closely-held organizations from the federal mandate required by the Affordable Care Act. We will also assemble at the sidewalk of Planned Parenthood after Mass to pray for … Continue reading

Who Represents Catholicism in America?

San Antonio Express News columnist, O. Ricardo Pimentel, published an article in March drawing attention to recent polls and surveys in the U.S. which indicate more Catholics are rejecting the Church’s teachings on abortion and carnal relations between members of the same sex. Mr. Pimentel often hurls barbs at the Church. We are dismayed that the Express News does not … Continue reading

May 3rd News Bytes

National Day of Prayer Rally at City Hall May 1st, 2014 Mrs. Terelyn Santos, parishioner of St. Pius X, was one of the prayer leaders at the rally held last Thursday on May 1st  at noon in front of City Hall in downtown San Antonio. Over a  hundred attended the rally at City Hall, while similar public rallies were held … Continue reading

Don’t Cry For Kathleen, America!

Earlier this month, after five stormy years, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius resigned or, as some have speculated, was forced out of office by political and public pressure. Before her controversial, high visibility role in implementing the most far-reaching overhaul of the healthcare industry in America, she was the Governor of Kansas from 2003 to 2009 … Continue reading

Let’s Celebrate Our Victories and Work to Keep Texas Pro-Life

Those of us who joined the fight in the Texas state legislature at the Capitol last summer to support the House Bill 2 Omnibus Pro-Life Bill were elated when HB2 passed with a safe margin despite the shrill outcry and drama exhibited by pro-abortion zealots inside and outside the state Senate chambers. The state of Texas made a bold statement … Continue reading