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Missionary Benedictine Sisters

Feast of All Souls, 2012

Mission on the Move

In Memorium We want to dedicate this e-newsletter to Sr. Margaret Garcia who died September 22nd. Sr. Margaret was a real “missionaries missionary.” She was tireless in her dedication to the people she served, first to the Native American people of Winnebago and then to the Latino people who immigrated to Nebraska beginning in the mid 1990’s. The Sisters of Immaculata Monastery always said that Sr. Margaret would die “with her boots on” and she did too! Only the week before she died she helped organize the Latino food for the parish festival in Norfolk! You could very often see Sr. Margaret navigating the long hallways of the monastery with her cane and sometimes a walker as her mobility became more impaired. Usually she was pushing a cart loaded with donations for the poor which she would distribute as needed. When she wasn’t distributing, she was organizing another of her fundraisers. Her big

event was the annual Kermes…a Mexican festival that is held on the monastery grounds and for which she prepared months in advance. We will never know the full extent of her dedication and sacrifice, as she was not one to blow her own horn, but one thing we do know…her monastic community will miss her and the poor of our area will mourn her. She died surrounded by her Sisters and many grateful members of the Latino community. If you feel called to help in our ministry to the local Latino community by giving a financial donation as a memorial to the work of Sr. Margaret, your donation would be much appreciated.

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at Mass, or a fundraiser is held in the street after Mass. The life of the Latin American family is strongly rooted in the Catholic faith. In this faith the sacred is intertwined with everyday life. That is why the sacramentals, the colors, the smells and the sounds of our celebrations acquire such importance since they are sensitive expressions of the sacred. I serve the Latin American community through the Missionary Group, which is composed of teenagers. We visit the homes of Latino families in Norfolk and in Madison. “…and whoever gives even a cup of cold We pray with families, read the Gospel and water to one of these little ones in the name of are available to listen to their needs and intena disciple, truly I tell you, none of these will tions. Another very interesting project is the lose their reward.” Mt. 10:42 Biblical Seminar. It is a study of the Sacred She walked three nights through the Sonoran Scripture in a weekly course for 9 months, desert, walked at night because at night the with the idea of encouraging students to delve sun does not burn and the dark does not let the deeply into God’s Word. I also offer other figures be seen in the desert. She was afraid; types of assistance such as, helping the people the sound of the rattlesnakes surrounded her who need to translate correspondence, fill out during the journey making her hesitate at applications and interpret documents. every step. However, no sacrifice was too My greatest desire is to make the love of God great, and no trial too painful when she knew present in all the families which the Lord has that at the end she would meet with her placed in my life; I would like to be able to husband and two children again. Who could empower them to assume positions of blame her for wanting to escape from a life leadership in our parish community for the that would not allow her to simply put benefit of all Latin Americans in Norfolk and something on the table for her children every surrounding areas. Your cooperation, prayers day? The risks and dangers are justified if the and support are very important in order to goal is a land that offers better opportunities achieve these aims, which are my own, but are for your loved ones. first of all are close to God’s heart. This is the story of one of the families that I, Sister Veronica Prieto, have had the pleasure and the honor to serve. Sister Veronica Prieto is a Missionary Benedictine I admire many values of the Latin American Sister from Argentina who is currently assigned as a missionary to the United States. The focus of her culture. One of them is the great importance given to the family and to the elderly, who are ministry is to the Latino community. respected and venerated as guardians of family traditions and values. Their religiosity is not fundamentally based on a relationship with the institutional Church, but rather in relationships that live among the families that create the community. For example, when a family is in need, a "second" offering is collected for them

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Mission on the Move All Souls 2012