That Mission Be at the Heart of All!

In 1980 the United States province of the Sisters of Mary Reparatrix took on a province wide research project as part of the "rekindling their missionary" spirit called for after Vatican II.  It was a call to search out in the United States and elsewhere the poor and marginalized in society where even token numbers of Sisters might bring a Christian dimension to the social, political and economic inequities existing.

In response to this call the Sisters contacted forty dioceses to seek out specific needs to which they could respond.  After much prayer, conversation and discernment three communities were established in the southwestern parts of our country:  Brady, Texas; Amarillo, Texas; and Garden City, Kansas.  With great excitement and some trepidation twelve Sisters were missioned to these three locations in 1981.

Let us begin with one of these "Moments in Time"- Brady, Texas-July 24, 1981.

Four Sisters arrived in the small town of Brady, Texas in the diocese of San Angelo.  At that time there were only 38 other Sisters in the diocese with 75% of the Catholic population speaking Spanish.

When the Sisters arrived in Brady, they found their "new home freshly painted and a well stocked refrigerator!  Delicate touches of love."  At both St. Francis of Assisi parish in Melvin and St. Patrick parish in Brady, the Sisters were greeted warmly by young and old alike.  Other parishes were added to the Sisters' ministries, in Menard and Junction, Texas.

Between teaching and coordinating religious education classes for adults and youth, home/hospital visitation to the sick and aged, youth ministry and Bible classes, among other ministries, the lives of the Sisters were full.  The Sisters, indeed, were living their mission of reparation in a new and vital way.

Sisters called to Texas and Kansas-1981

Sisters called to Texas and Kansas-1981