Sister Vicenta Miranda
Sister Vicenta Miranda was born in Hacienda San Alfonso, Tamanique, La Libertad, El Salvador. She was the first born of seven children. Growing up without manufactured toys, she said that she truly enjoyed her childhood and appreciated the rag dolls that her mother made for her. As a committed lay woman, she was involved in parish ministry: instruction in the Liturgy of the Word, preparation of children to receive the Sacraments, work with Catechesis and other parish activities. Gradually, she felt that religious life was in her future. Father Robert Ready heard of her desires and told her to go to Zaragoza, El Salvador. There she met Sister Stanislaus Mackey and Sister Audrey Walsh, Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in ministry at COAR. Later, she attended the First Profession of Vows of two of the Sisters of the Congregation. She wanted to see how the Sisters lived. She recalls, “I liked the lifestyle of the Sisters and the work that they did. And that is how this great adventure began for me!”
Sister Vicenta made her First Profession of Vows in 1987 in the Church of San Sebastian in Guatemala City, Guatemala, and her Perpetual Profession of Vows in 1994 in the Basilica of Esquipulas, also in Guatemala. While continuing her education, Sister Vicenta was missioned at COAR, helping to care for the children. She worked in nursing in Chiquimula, Guatemala and in the promotion of young women at Casa Claudio in Esquipulas, Guatemala. She was involved in Vocation Promotion in Guatemala and El Salvador. Previously, Sister Vicenta served in ministry by supervising the construction of the Retreat House and the Formation House in Pachalí, Santiago Sacatepequez, Guatemala. Currently, she is studying Feminist Theology and working with the elderly at Hogar San Vincente de Paúl in El Salvador. The most memorable moments of her religious life were when she worked with the children at COAR, the young women and the street people. Her advice to someone considering religious life is to be present to the Lord.