International sisters play important and growing role in US communities

Missionary Servants of the Divine Spirit Sr. Dora Elena Orozco and local parishioner Melinda Gracia share a cup of coffee in the convent that serves the San Felipe de Jesus parish in Fennville. (GSR photo/Dan Stockman)

Sr. Argene Gamez knew that if she was being sent from her home in Colombia to serve Spanish-speaking people in the United States, there must be a need.

But the Missionary Servants of the Divine Spirit sister had no idea how much she was needed or how well she could help fill that need. In southwestern Michigan communities, she and her fellow sisters have started Bible studies, held retreats, and gotten new volunteers to teach Catechism, serve as lectors and participate in choir. Local parishioners are deeply grateful.

"It's just a miracle the way God put us here to help the priests and the people," Gamez said through a translator. "When we go visit people, they find comfort when we're there. There's not enough priests and they are very busy, so God has brought us here."

Read the full story at Global Sisters Report.

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