Praised be the Incarnate Word!
Last December 8, 2021, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, and at the end of Saint Joseph’s Year, we celebrated in Mexico city, in the Chapel at Casa San Ángel, a moving and joyful Eucharist presided by Father Alejandro Maldonado Hernández SVD, in which seven Associated made a Commitment as Incarnate Word Apostles for the first time.
In Monterrey, Nuevo León. At Colegio Mexicano, The CCVI Sisters who belong to the Saint Joseph Community welcomed in their house the members of the Community at Santa Catarina, Nuevo León. They are: Alma Deyanira, Concepción Elena y María del Pilar; and they also welcomed María Eugenia, as a new member of the “Followers of Christ” Community. She is the daughter of Irma Guillén de Valdés, Incarnate Word Associate (+), who in in heaven and was happy to see that her daughter said “Yes” to the Incarnate Word, and is now wearing the medal that Irma wore for many years.
En Chihuahua, Chihuahua, the members of the “Saint Joseph Window” Community, Christine Elizabeth, Mirna Clarisa and Verónica, met at the Saint Francis Temple. They consecrated themselves to the service of the Incarnate Word and they made a commitment to participate in the Mission of the Church through the Charisma and the Spirituality of the Congregation.
During the Homily, Father Alejandro talked about the importance of building the good relations that must exist between religious persons and the laity, and he invited us to have a positive and hopeful attitude.
Thanks to Tecjnology, we could have links, vía Zoom, with San Antonio Texas and thus have the presence of S. Peggy Bonnot, a member of the GLT and who is the liaison with the Associates. She welcomed the new members of the Incarnate Word Associates. We also had a link with S. María de la Luz Cardona Cerda, a GLT Counselor who was at the San Ángel Chapel in Mexico City. She received the commitment of the Incarnate Word Apostles. S. Lourdes Urrutia, who is in contact with the communities of Incarnate Word Associates in Chihuahua, joined us from Mexico City. We also had a link with S. Beatriz Zambrano, who is in contact with the communities of Incarnate Word Associates in Nuevo León. In Mexico City, we had a link with the Director of the Incarnate Word Apostles Association, Mrs. Leticia Guerrero de Del Río and Mrs. Cristina Castillo Fregoso monitored the Eucharistic Celebration. S. Maricarmen Rodríguez accompanied us from Instituto América in Chihuahua. The CCVI Sisters at Casa San Ángel, the CCVI Sisters at Colegio Mexicano in Monterrey and several Sisters in the Mexican Republic also accompanied us. The Association’s General Team, the Advisory Council and a great number of Incarnate Word Associates. We also had a link with Mrs. Martha Sea, Director of the Associates in Peru, and with the CCVI Sisters who are in Peru.
At the end of the celebration, all the CCVI Sisters joined in sending forth the new Apostles. S. Luly and S. Beatriz gave a motivating message regarding the meaning of being an Incarnate Word Apostle and they welcomed the new members of the Association. The Director of the Association in Mexico also welcomed them. We also had the words of all the Incarnate Word’s Apostles who were present with us from different places. The Choir of the Bible Pastoral Institute participated in the Eucharistic Celebration,
The new Associates were full of joy and they expressed their gratitude for all the signs of affection they received and they thanked God for his calling. After a year and a half of lay preparation, they said “Yes” to the Incarnate Word and they prayed to the Virgin Mary asking her to help them to fulfill their Mission.
We finished this event with a happy and joyful gathering.