Advocate editorial board: Sisters' important work will continue despite changes

Aug. 19, 2013 at 3:19 a.m.

Sister Miriam Perez was helping her sisters carefully seal up the last box of items as they prepared to leave the rectory at Our Lady of Sorrows for the last time.

The Sisters of the Missionary Catechist of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary from Tlaxcala, Mexico, have been in Victoria for 70 years, working with Hispanic families living outside of Mexico. The order consists of only 42 sisters and traces its roots to a time in Mexico when Christianity was banned and its followers persecuted. Their founder, Sofia Garduno Nava, was born in Mexico City in 1897, educated as a teacher and became a catechist who eventually started a mission.

Perez, who is the Mission Provincial, says the work of the sisters will continue as they lead Bible studies and establish mission projects throughout Texas, even though they will no longer be officially connected to Our Lady of Sorrows. Three of the 30 sisters in residence in the U.S. served at Our Lady of Sorrows, but their mission house is located on Sabine Street, where they live, pray and seek to serve God by serving others. So contrary to what is believed by many in the parish, the sisters are not going anywhere - except for two who will join communities in Fort Worth and a new mission in Louisiana.

Challenges lay ahead for both Our Lady of Sorrows and the sisters, but their faith in God will see them through as they both seek to serve their parish, their community and, most importantly, the body of the church, the people.

The sisters will be missed, but they will never be far away, and their mission continues, especially with the growing influx of Hispanic immigrants far from their homes, families and churches.

Our Lady of Sorrows is working hard at being a home for those seeking spiritual fulfillment, guidance and education. The annual Catechism classes are forming, and members of Our Lady of Sorrows graciously give their time and heart seeing to the needs of the parish families.

We want to thank the sisters for their 70 years of service in the Victoria community and, with God's grace, Victoria will continue to be blessed with their dedicated service and positive influence upon the community.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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