by Sister Ernestina Mejía Chávez
On September 9, 2016, the celebration at El Amparo, a center for the abandoned, began with a special Eucharist during which the arrival of our first Sisters to Guatemala on March, 19, 1963, was especially remembered. Their first ministry was at the “Hospital Nacional” of Huehuetenango. Since then, the Sisters have served those in need and the most vulnerable in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, through the ministries of health care, education and pastoral care. It was an occasion of gratitude to our Creator God for guiding the Congregation over the years. The celebration also consisted of an exchange of gifts, congratulatory expressions, a festive lunch with marimba music, all of which was enjoyed by the residents at El Amparo, guests and the Sisters of the community.
It is interesting that this year “El Amparo” has received more donations than in previous years; this is surely a Jubilee blessing. We are also very grateful for the life of dedication of Sister Carolina Maria Ramos, R.I.P., who with the assistance of many in Huehuetenango, founded El Amparo. She was our first Guatemalan Sister to enter our Congregation and was a native of Huehuetenango.
The Board of Directors, benefactors, personnel, friends and the Association of “El Amparo” of the City of Huehuetenango send their special greetings and give thanks to the God of Life for missioning the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word to serve with gladness especially in Huehuetenango, Guatemala.