“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…” Luke 4, 18 Jesus continues calling us to be sowers of hope, justice, love, joy and solidarity… We are eight novices. Two of us in the confrontation stage: Angelica (Mexican) and Onelia (Guatemalan) and six in the projection stage: Leticia and Matilde (Guatemalans) Frania, Georgina, yaneth and Eveling (Nicaraguans).In this process we have been accompanied by our sisters Estibaliz Ladron de Guevara and GeraldinaRead More...Read more
It is a fact that Covid-19 has affected in different forms to everybody. It might also be that to some people it has been harder than others, but consequences can be noticed more and more and this is forcing us to change many life schemes. We are worried to see hundreds of people infected and each day that number increases. It hurts for everybody to see those who were not ableRead More...Read more
Santo Domingo, The Dominican Republic For a year and a half, I have been working in Ciudad Alternativa, an institution originated in the Social Pastoral and the Ecclesiastic Communities of the Catholic Church. With more than 30 years of experience working for a more habitable city from everybody’s rights, Ciudad Alternativa has not only fight for the right to housing, but also for the right of basic services, such as light,Read More...Read more
To lose and to win are not two antagonistic poles, both -from the idea I want to express- are complementary and illuminate each other mutually. As Dolores Aleixandre expresses so well “to win losing, to lose wining.” It can be said that life has its contradictions, for that reason for wining we must know how to lose. What I mean about losing in this piece of writing is the one thatRead More...Read more
I am Maria del Carmen Cahuec Ixtecoc, a Guatemalan novice now living in Sabana Perdida in The Dominican Republic. In my first year of novitiate, I have had the opportunity of participating in the Political Formation School “Mama Tingo”, which accompanies young communitarian leaders by providing them reflection spaces in topics that help them to analyze social reality from a critical constructive conscious. In this process, I’m accompanied by MarisaRead More...Read more
“My Spirit will always be with you”.November 19, 2020 is the feast day of Fr. Ramon Zubieta, as usual, the whole Congregation is preparing videos, and songs to remember him. We, in the Philippines, also celebrated this feast in respective communities. Each sister in their mission land has come together in the spirit of Fr. Zubieta to praise God and thanking Him for being a great father and Founder.In ReinaRead More...Read more
As we celebrate this year a centenary year of departure of Our Founder Msgr. Ramón Zubieta who passed away in Huacho, Peru, due to pneumonia in 1921, we would like to share with you some traits of His Missionary Spirituality. The Text is taken from the book “Mons. Zubieta y Les. Reflection about his Life, Chapter III. by Cecelia Valbuena, OP; Ed. Vicariate Apostolico de Puerto Maldonado. We believe thatRead More...Read more
It has been more than thirty years back when as an aspirant, I started listening about Mons Ramon Zubieta y Les, one of the founders of MDR Congregation. Yet, those stories told, of pictures and history presented along the years of formation (amid the passion of many story tellers and formators) remained “foreign” to me for it has not taken me into the roots of his very person, his true passion,Read More...Read more
“I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me”"Thank you Lord for the life"Dear Sisters: At the beginning of the Centenary of our Father Founder, the possibility of communicating with all of you is something we consider very great, so we would like to share with great joy and enthusiasm our first steps in the Congregational Juniorate.We moved to the Juniorate community on July 22nd and as you knowRead More...Read more
This article has been written for publication in the bulletin of the Dominican Laity in Portugal. We, Dominican Missionaries of the Rosary, are once again living a Jubilee Year. A little more than 2 years ago, we celebrated the Centenary of the Foundation of the Congregation and now we are beginning this year which brings us to the Centenary of the death of Monsignor Ramon Zubieta y Les. OP, ourRead More...Read more
I resume the appealing that Pope Francis made to young people in the World Youth Day in Panama: “Young people, you are not the future, you are God’s now.” With this, we could strengthen and put into practice the meaning of accompanying the vocational awake from a vocational culture revitalized by the young-vocational pastoral, which this year has been relevant due to the sanitary contingency that we have had toRead More...Read more
The novel corona virus disease (Covid-19) that has been ravaging the world has thrown normal life out of gear for millions of people in India too with mounting number of infections and casualties. National lock down was clamped on 24 March in a bid to protect the country and the citizens from the virulent virus. The national lock-down helped significantly to containing the spread of the virus and preventing theRead More...Read more
MOTHER ASCENCION NICOL GOÑI
A woman who left behind her land and securities
“I felt no great enthusiasm…but an irresistible strength that led me to offer myself…”
Ascencion Nicol was forty-five years old when she embraced the missionary challenge proposed by Monsignor Zubieta of going to the Peruvian jungle and being able to contribute her gifts and extensive experience in favor of the education and formation of girls and women from the jungle. The context she will face would be totally different to the school of Huesca. However, her deep fidelity, her restless and attentive spirit to what god wanted for her pushed her to offer her life to the cause of the kingdom.
MONSIGNOR RAMON ZUBIETA
Missionary in the Philippines
“Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”
Ramon Zubieta, who was eager to preach, lived his first missionary experience in the Philippines. He is an open missionary, who combines faith and human promotion, wishes to embody himself and to know the culture of the communities which he must confront. He learns their languages and customs and spends a lot of time speaking to them. He promotes health, education and improvement in farming.
Due to the independency movements within the region, he was taking as prisoner along with other companions suffering from starvation and torture, but finally he is released.
“The soul that it offers itself as a victim is as if it was telling god: Here I am to comply your will; here I am to suffer, to love, to immolate myself, to keep quiet, to not wish anything that is out of you”
Mother Ascencion Nicol Goñi