On Saturday March 14, 2020, Sr. Maribel Rocio Mamani Cutipa MFIC professed her final vows in Coroico, Bolivia. The theme of the day was: “Here I am Lord in order to Do Your Will!”

The Church was beautifully decorated and all was in readiness for Mass celebrated by Bishop Juan Vargas . Bishop Juan was joined by 7 concelebrants from the Diocese of Coroico. Every detail of the ceremony was carefully planned and very moving. A delicious meal followed prepared by Romero and Lorena who work at the Internado in Cochuna. Four very tasty and beautifully decorated cakes followed for dessert.

On Sunday, March 15, we traveled to Santa Barbara for another delicious meal at the home of Maribel’s family. The sun was shining and the view was spectacular. Once again, we were joined by Bishop Juan and 3 of the priests from the parish as well as members of Maribel’s extended family. This was truly a communal celebration.In the midst of all that is happening in our world, it was wonderful to step back, even for a short time, and truly celebrate the gift of our vocation as Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.Heartfelt thanks to all who helped make this day so special and congratulations and blessings to our Sister Maribel!

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