A community woven in a diversity of colors

On April 29, 2024, we celebrated the feast of St. Catherine of Siena, a woman who inspires us because she knew how to open new paths and at the same time, we had the Eucharist of thanksgiving for the official opening of the Congregational Juniorate in Guatemala.

It was a moment of great emotion and expectation, full of joy and gratitude for the opportunity to embark together on this journey that we are about to begin. To embark together on this journey that is full of dreams, illusions and challenges. We are a community full of richness and diversity, an intercultural, international, and intergenerational community.  We felt united by the same purpose, animated by the strength of the Ruah, our faith and the support of so many people who accompany us on this journey.  This time will be an opportunity to learn and grow together, supporting each other in this journey of discovery and transformation.

The gospel that accompanied us this day was Mt 11:25 “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for you have kept these things hidden from the wise and learned and revealed them to the simple people.”  We feel fortunate for the vocation we have received and from who we are, simple women, but with a desire to welcome and to be welcomed.

We are simple, but eager to embrace what God reveals to us every day. Grateful to God the Father-Mother and to the Congregation for giving us this time. In this celebration we have been accompanied by three symbols: the road, the light that illuminates our way and the Guatemalan fabric, full of colors and beauty.

During this time of juniorate we have the task of weaving our own cloth, where each one of us will put what we are and what we dream of. Invited to place our hearts in “Juniorate mode” where each day we will have the possibility of harmonizing the axes of our life as Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Rosary.

At the end of the day, we said goodbye with hearts full of hope and determination. We know that the Congregational Juniorate is a challenge, but also an opportunity to grow, learn and serve, especially the most impoverished. With gratitude and joy, we are ready to move forward, confident that God will be with us at every moment.

On this day we are accompanied in person by our sister Geraldina Céspedes, Councilor for Formation and as representative of the General Council, sisters from the communities of El Limón and San Miguel, and Father Margarito (who represented the General Council), Paulino, and many sisters who were able to join us from afar.

After the Eucharist we gathered to share a festive and colorful meal. We had recreational moments of dances, theater and songs of joy.

Community of Juniorate Congregational Guatemala

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