Meet Dulce

08-25-2019The Sisters Corner

Hi there! My name is Dulce. I am originally from Mexico, born and raised there up until 2014 when I moved to Chicago (IL), alongside my family. I am very excited that now I got to move to Tempe in order to live with the community as preparation for my formation as a Servant of the Plan of God.

Back in 2016, I began wondering about my vocation in life, and so I asked the Lord for an answer. When I first met the Sisters, in that same year, I knew deep in my heart that they were what I was longing for. Although I felt called to discern with them, it was not until 2018 that I became a candidate. Last June I traveled to Peru for the communitarian experience. There, the Lord confirmed to me that He has called me to serve Him as a Servant. I am very grateful to Him for His invitation to follow Him for the rest of my life. Thank you all! Be sure that I keep you in my prayers.

Obviously not so obvious

08-25-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

At times I suffer from a repeated failure to see the obvious. Case in point: the wife of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chirlane McCray launched a “She Built NYC” program and invited the public to nominate women and some 320 names were put forward. After the vote on the names of women for the city to recognize with a statue, Mother Cabrini received more votes than any other woman. But the panel making the selection rejected the public’s choice. And here is where I totally missed the obvious because the obvious choices which the Panel chose were an abortion advocate and two transvestites who founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR). I mean anybody with eyes to see would have known that an abortion activist and drag queens have had a greater impact on building New York City society and culture than a poor Italian immigrant.


Opening a new community in the mountain area of Peru

08-18-2019The Sisters Corner

As we shared with you last week, this past August 15th, Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady, we celebrated our 21st anniversary of foundation. And the joy of our celebration was augmented with the news of the new community God has recently shown us that He wants us to open in a small rural town in Ancash, Peru. We feel very grateful to receive this calling from God to expand the mission in the Andes region of South America.

Last week four of the five sisters who will start this new community have gone for a mission trip there to get to know the area and start preparing everything for this new missionary community which will open up in the beginning of next year. This will be the third community we have in Peru in a rural area and it makes us very happy to be able to extend our apostolate among the neediest in Peru.


Fruit, anyone?

08-18-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

“You will know them by their fruits”. Matthew 7:16

Words and appearances are one thing but “what have you done for me lately” is another entirely. So, it is good to step back once in a while and see what evidence there is that we as a Parish are bearing fruit, good fruit.

This past weekend was one of those times. We celebrated the Perpetual Profession of Sr. Sydney Moss with the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco. She is a young woman who grew up in our Parish, graduated our Elementary School and along with many other young people today are bearing much fruit. Her companions in our Youth Group back in the day were Sr. Maria Kim, now a Sister with the Daughters of St. Paul, Fr. Scott Sperry, now a priest of our Diocese as well as a few other priests who serve with Religious Orders. Then there are many others, more than I can count who are living a Christian married life and bearing much fruit, especially children and all are actively involved in a variety of Apostolates in the Parish or in the wider Church. Just come to the 9am Sunday Mass and you’ll meet lots of them.


The Servants of the Plan of God Celebrate 21 years

08-11-2019The Sisters Corner

During this week we want to ask for special prayers for the Servants of the Plan of God around the world. August 15th, Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady, it is going to be 21 years since our community began in Lima, Peru when 9 young women moved in together to start the formation process to discern if God was calling them to give their lives to Him through this new community which was starting.

Two decades later, we now have more than 160 sisters in 14 communities around the world and we are preparing to open the 15th community in a rural area of the mountains of Peru. For those of us who have been around for a while it is truly amazing to look back and see how God has lead us and taken us places we had never dreamed.


The Father Knows Best

08-11-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Most young people in their late teens and early twenties are looking forward to and planning their future. Whether its finishing up college, moving into a career, saving up for a new car or planning to be married, it’s an exciting time in life. But not for all. Why do some young people lose the hope and the excitement of a future? Why is the suicide rate among young people skyrocketing and why do some young men decide to blow up their future and the future of dozens and dozens of others? It’s easy to point the finger of blame at this or that but as we have found out, it’s much harder to find effective solutions that could stop the metamorphosis of a bright young teenager into a cold-blooded killer.


World Day Of Peace Message

08-04-2019The Sisters Corner

God invites us to announce Him and spread His Gospel to everyone. One of the missions we are grateful about is to serve in our Parish’s School. It is such a blessing and a great mission to be able to help the children encounter Christ, allow them to know and live their faith. For us, there is such a great joy knowing that through this service, we equip the children with not only information but with wisdom that allows them to live a life rooted on our faith’s teachings and values.

We want to share words from Benedict XVI about Educating:


Asylum Insanity

08-04-2019Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

This past Tuesday was World Day against the Trafficking of Persons. A most pertinent topic, unfortunately. With the flow of migrants through Mexico human traffickers are making a bundle. The whole system of human trafficking is pretty much under the control of the Mexican Drug Cartels. While their drug trafficking profits have been cut a bit by the legalization of marijuana in the many US states, they have more than compensated for the loss with human smuggling, including selling women and children into the sex trade.