PERPETUAL VOWS OF
SISTER GLENDA LETICIA ORTIZ PALACIOS
October 9, 2022 was a day of great joy in Dighton and in the Vice-Province of the United States. In our beautiful Chapel of the Vice-Provincial House, we celebrated the final commitment of Sr. Glenda Leticia Ortiz Palacios. For many Sisters it was a reminder of something that has not happened here for several years.
Father Paul Canuel's homily and the singing, both in English and in Spanish, spoke to us of our internationality, our interculturality and our commitment to be wherever the Church calls us and our brothers and sisters need us. Glenda Leticia was born in Olanchito, Honduras on July 10, 1973. She lived her early years there, acquired her education, and was very committed to her parish. Glenda joined a religious Congregation where she lived for several years. However, she left because she didn't feel that she was called to live in that Congregation. She returned to her hometown, and after ten years, having fully lived her lay commitment and her mission as a teacher and school principal, she joined our Congregation in Honduras on October 14, 2016.
The Dominican charism and the spirituality of Marie Poussepin gave meaning to Glenda’s life and prepared her for her commitment to religious life in our Congregation. After three years of probation, Glenda made her first profession on October 13, 2019.
Sr. Glenda Leticia has lived different community and missionary experiences in Honduras and in the United States. Her mission experiences have been at the educational level, as well as in Parish Ministry, and in the spiritual animation of Laudato Si groups. She is currently in Dighton, practicing her English before leaving for her new mission in Brownsville, Texas, where she will integrate herself into the Community, will continue studying English and will collaborate in the mission with immigrants.
Sister Martha Ines Escobar.
FAMILIES OF HOSPICE PATIENTS IN DIGHTON
On Saturday, October 22, 2022, we opened our Chapel and facility to the families of Hospice patients and the Staff of the Hospice Agency of Fall River, Massachusetts; there were 60 people who came. It is part of our mission as Dominican Sisters of the Presentation at the Vice-Provincial Community, in Dighton, to be welcoming and hospitable to those wishing to use our House and beautiful property.
This group comes yearly to Dighton in order to have a non-denominational memorial service for their loved ones who have passed from this life during the past year. Due to the pandemic, it has been several years since we have had the privilege of having this event.
A meaningful ritual is having the loved ones of the persons who have died let free a beautiful butterfly into the open sky. This begets many tears to everyone’s eyes. One may also notice a family member breathe a sigh of letting go or of an expression of peacefulness on their faces.
There is also a time for meeting each other in a less formal moment while enjoying some refreshments. All our guests are happy to meet the Sisters and some of us know some of the families and staff of the Hospice Agency. We, Dominican Sisters, offer our prayers to all the Hospice patients who have died, their loved ones, as well as the staff.
Sr. Karen Champagne.