SMR Community in Miami, Florida

 

In August of 1977 a meeting of Cuban Sisters of Mary Reparatrix was held in Cali, Colombia with the Superior General for the purpose of beginning a community in Miami, Florida.  After dialogue it was decided that four sisters would begin this community.

Miami one

In June of 1979 a request was made by the General Council of the Sisters that this community would be in relationship to the USA Province rather than in direct relationship to the general level of government.

After much dialogue with the USA sisters a statute or congregational document was drawn up which affirmed that this Miami community would become part of the USA Province.

 

The sisters lived in several different parishes in Miami:  St. Francis de Sales, St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Michael and St. Brendan.  Sisters were added to the community at various times.  Because the primary language was Spanish any sister joining the community had to speak Spanish, however many of the sisters spoke English and Spanish.

 

Miami twoOver the years the sisters were involved in various ministries:  teaching religious education to children and adults, serving as parish sacristan/housekeeper, visiting the sick, religious education coordinator, executive secretary for the diocesan radio and television office, retreat work in Miami and Cuba, and various other outreach programs to those in need, primarily the Spanish speaking community in Miami.

 

-Miami Associates threeAlmost from the beginning the sisters maintained close communication and relationships with various men and women who had known the Sisters of Mary Reparatrix in Cuba. Many of these persons became Associate members.  Throughout the years that the sisters have been in Miami many persons have become Associate members. A woman or man who is an Associate of Mary Reparatrix shares the values, goals and vision of the Congregation as well as the mutually supportive enrichment of relationships with both vowed and associate members. To this day these men and women meet monthly with the one Cuban SMR sister in Miami to pray, share and minister to others.

 

 

                                                                                                                                 Ann Kasparek