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Sisters of Mercy Honored in Guatemala

May 22, 2013

Reflections by Sister Caridad D.

Sisters Cari and Dorothy parade down Chanmagua's streets

Sisters Cari and Dorothy parade down Chanmagua’s streets

April 27, 2013, 4:30 a.m. – outside the House of Mercy in Chanmagua, Guatamala SssssssssBOOM….SsssssssBOOM!!!  Firecrackers explode!!!   A day to honor the Sisters of Mercy began!!!

For 40 years, I, along with many other Sisters of Mercy, have worked in the development of body, mind and spirit in the village of Chanmagua.  For 30 years Sister Natividad worked side by side with me in doing the works of mercy expressed in our fourth vow, the vow of service.  The village planned a special day to say “thank you” and to celebrate.

The day included so many happy moments.  Colorful ribbons and painted corn husks hung down upon the streets below painted with words of gratitude along colorful sawdust carpets.  A procession of residents from Chanmagua and many other villages as well as from the city of Esquipulas paraded from the House of Mercy to the court beside the church for the Eucharist of the day celebrated by two Benedictine priests who came from the Basilica—the Abbot and the pastor of the Chanmagua parish.

Following the special liturgy, talks of honor and appreciation were shared.  A special committee announced a new foundation being organized to continue works of Mercy—Foundation Misericordia Hna. Caridad.

All were then invited to a new little plaza in front of the parish church, Our Lady of Fatima.  A large white cloth unveiled a statue of me! – a Bible in one hand and my Guatemala bag in the other.

Between the church and the new park a photo gallery captured memories of the Sisters of Mercy presence and service in Guatamala for the past 40 years.  There were so many gathered for the celebration that lunch was served in two places—the plaza and in the parish center, the Potter´s Wheel.

Later in the afternoon marimba music filled the air and during the evening special acts including dramatizations and Christian music were performed.

A good time was had by all who attended.

I give thanks to the Lord for the blessings in abundance which I have received in this rural pastoral ministry and to those who have helped me to help others — things that I could never have done if I didn’t belong to this Mercy congregation.  Long live Mercy!

To view additional photos from the celebration, click here.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Judy Carle permalink
    May 22, 2013 3:55 pm

    What a happy and joyful celebration!! It is wonderful to hear of the appreciation to both Caridad and Natividad for their work and presence! We all celebrate and pray that the works of Mercy continue in the way of the Spirit in Chanmagua.

    • Connect with Mercy Blog permalink*
      May 23, 2013 5:38 pm

      We couldn’t agree more! A wonderful story! Thanks to Sister Nati and Cari for sharing.

  2. Sheila Harrington permalink
    May 22, 2013 5:12 pm

    Muchas bendiciones a toda la comunidad de Misericordia de Guatemala…felicidades,

  3. May 23, 2013 12:55 pm

    Wonderful story! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Sr. Mary Ann Clarahan RSM permalink
    May 23, 2013 3:35 pm

    What a wonderful story of Mercy! Thanks so much for sharing this celebrative event and memory with us.

    • Connect with Mercy Blog permalink*
      May 23, 2013 5:37 pm

      Thanks for reading! Truly a wonderful story!

  5. Mary Ellen permalink
    May 23, 2013 4:47 pm

    How wonderful!… Nati and Cari have always been so humble about the great work that they have been doing. It’s great to see that they have been able to celebrate the community’s gratitude for their service.

    • Connect with Mercy Blog permalink*
      May 23, 2013 5:37 pm

      Thanks! We are so grateful that Sister Nati and Sister Cari shared their story and know how much their community appreciates their service.

  6. Marylouise Fennell permalink
    May 27, 2013 11:31 am

    Caridad,Muuchas Bendiciones…..


  7. Mary Alice Synkewecz permalink
    May 28, 2013 1:49 pm

    Congratulations to Nati and Cari for 42 years of service and commitment to the Works of Mercy in Chanmagua! This truely was a celebration of two special Sisters of Mercy, Associates and all Sisters of Mercy. It was wonderful to be present and participate in this joyful celebration!

  8. June 23, 2013 2:09 am

    I am so honored to be entering the community of Mercy!

    • June 24, 2013 9:52 am

      And we are thrilled you are joining us!

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