(L-R) Sister Betty Campos Arias, Postulant Juana Matías Tomas and Sister Bernardina Gonzáles Florián. (L-R) Sister Betty, Mother Marisol Iboa García of the Congregation Missionaries of the Risen Christ and Sister María Magdalena Rodríguez Ortiz.

On June 3, 2018, local and international news reported the eruption of the Volcán de Fuego in Guatemala, which buried entire families that lived in nearby communities while leaving devastation along its path. Volcán de Fuego is an active stratovolcano in Guatemala, on the borders of the Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Sacatepéquez departments.

Driven by the incarnational spirituality of accompanying human suffering through prayer, immediate response, presence and economic collaboration to support the institutions in charge of caring for the survivors of the tragedy, Sr. Bernardina Florián, Sr. Betty Campos, Postulant Juana Matías and Sr. Marisol Cruz, visited one of the shelters in the municipality of Alotenango.

The Catholic Church, through the Archdiocesan Caritas and the Diocese of Escuintla, have been assisting at the temporary shelter, named Pope Francis, located in the department of Escuintla, and administered by Mother Marisol Iboa García of the Congregation Missionaries of the Risen Christ. Our Congregation made a monetary contribution to help with these valuable efforts.

During our visit we had the opportunity to hear the stories of some families affected by the landslide, who shared the miracle of being alive. 

Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said that “Sometimes we feel that what we do is just a drop in the sea, but the sea would be less if it lacked a drop”. That invitation to share what we have with the neediest is what the Congregation did through the help provided. We are sure that the people who received this help, with their prayer, have us in their hearts.

Thank you Sisters for accompanying our suffering people and for nourishing the hope of building up the Kingdom together by taking care of life wherever you are.

Praised be the Incarnate Word.

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