Sr.-Antonia-Brenner

Sister Antonia Brenner

“I think of myself as God’s mop. A mop cleans things up, brightens a room, it makes things better. I love being God’s mop.”

Sister Antonia Brenner was raised in Beverly Hills, she married and raised seven children but always had a passion to serve the poor. She volunteered most of her life, but after her divorce she felt the call to do this full time. Divine Providence, she says, guided her to Tijuana’s La Mesa Penitentiary, where for the past 27 years she has lived in a 10 by 10 foot cell giving a mother’s love to people thought to be unlovable. This founder of a Catholic religious order calls herself, “god’s mop,” but she has become known worldwide as “the prison angel.”