Providence in Action

Join us in building bridges, not walls, in support of all immigrants, especially Hispanics

“We will not be silent anymore!” was the chant at the rally on behalf of all immigrants in downtown San Antonio, March 21, 2017. The Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence, a Catholic religious community in San Antonio, sponsored a rally on behalf of all Hispanic immigrants, and the silent majority of U.S. citizens, who wish to welcome the stranger. The rally took place at Main Plaza. Over 100 people came to pray, sing, peacefully march the streets, and hear from several speakers about the plight of immigrants and what we can do about it.

 

Welcome the Stranger

A brief account of a long journey toward vowed life

By Sr. Elizabeth Ann Guerrero, MCDP

This summer the Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence celebrated the Profession of Triennial Vows of Sister Elizabeth Ann Guerrero. I must say that, yes, Saturday, May 26, 2018, was a great day indeed. This day has been the culmination of a long and awesome journey—not without its challenges—but amazing to be certain.

I remember the day I drove myself to my first assignment, as a Candidate, to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. As my formation director fondly likes to recall, I arrived late one summer afternoon, soaked in perspiration and my hair sticking out in all directions. You see, the air conditioner in my car had broken and I drove the entire way with the windows rolled down. I must have looked frightful, but Sr. Rose Carmel Garay simply laughed, hugged me and welcomed me into our home for the next three years. That experience provided everything I needed at that time.

My novitiate year brought me San Antonio, Texas. This was a formative year spent in prayer, study and gentle days of profound conversation with my Novice Director +Sr. Celia Ann Cavazos and two companions Sisters Mary Lou Hernandez and Felice Mojica. They were solid role models of the charism of providence, and perseverance.

My years as an Annual Professed Sister were filled with new experiences of ministry, new places, and new friendships. Parish ministry allowed the opportunity to walk with people and learn from them. Those years were filled with laughter, hard work, tears and personal growth, and will be eternally grateful for that grace-filled time.

I have now given my “entrega total” and professed final vows before God, family, friends and community. I will live into the mystery of a life in Christ offering my gifts and talents as I continue to walk with my MCDP Sisters in our transformational journey. With trust in Divine Providence and with full confidence in our commitment to one another, I embrace the road ahead.

Sisters Esther M. Guerrero, MCDP and Elizabeth Ann Guerrero, MCDP

Sr. Elizabeth Ann receives blessing from her family. Prayer led by Fr. Toribio C. Guerrero, brother of Elizabeth.

"Oh Jesus, teach us to think, pray, and work not merely in terms of "two blocks" but of the whole world itself."

Admonitions, P. 92

Sister Benitia Vermeersch, CDP

Love can build bridges

Dr. Ted Dunn

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