Realizing Blessed Margarita’s Missionary Vision

Posted by - December 16, 2018

One of the characteristics that Mother Margarita desired of “her daughters” (Mercedarian Missionaries of Berriz) was that they live with a spirit of JOY.  She wanted her Sisters to be full of life and radiate God’s love to everyone around them, no matter the circumstances. Here is an uplifting story of one of these Mercedarian

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Mother Margarita and the “Little Flower” – Part 2

Posted by - October 7, 2018

Like St. Therese, Mother Margarita struggled with prayer for a very long time. In the darkness of her soul, she began to think all her faith had been extinguished. Spiritual consolation was something that eluded both Therese and Margarita, simply because God was acting in their lives to show them that He was more than

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Mother Margarita and the “Little Flower” – Part 1

Posted by - September 29, 2018

The Feast of Saint Therese of Lisieux, lovingly called the “Little Flower,” is celebrated by the Church on October 1st. This date was chosen because Therese died on September 30th. Following an ancient custom of celebrating one’s entrance into heaven the next day, October 1 was chosen to celebrate her life and her eternal birth.

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A niche with a statue of Our Lady of Mercy, Patroness of the Mercedarian Order, graces the façade above the entrance of the Convent Church of the Motherhouse of the Mercedarian Missionaries of Berriz.

A Profound Connection

Posted by - September 22, 2018

Until 1867, the Mercedarian Sisters of Berriz were able to evade the decrees ordering the religious communities to sell their possessions. But in this year, the Spanish government gave direct orders to sell everything, and there was nothing that could be done to avoid it. Poorer than ever, the sisters continued to serve God. The

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The delegates, translators and secretaries of the XVI General Chapter of the Mercedarian Missionaries of Berriz at their motherhouse in Berriz, Spain. One month was spent in the Chapter, in this every six year gathering, by the sister-delegates from around the world in prayerful discernment of their ONE MISSION.


Posted by - August 11, 2018

The spirit of Blessed Margarita Maria Maturana pervaded the XVI General Chapter of the Institute of the Mercedarian Missionaries of Berriz which she founded.  An updated Missionary Plan for the next six years (2018-2024) was formulated, along with the election of a new governing structure and leadership team. Our own–Sr. Isabel Seman–from Saipan, was elected

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800th Anniversary of the Mercedarian Order

Posted by - August 4, 2018

ORIGINS (roots) are important. 800 years of “roots” is highly significant. August 10, 2018 marks the 800th Anniversary of the official founding in the year 1218 of the Order of Mercy, also known as Mercedarians. On that date a new religious family within the Catholic Church was established. The prompting came from simultaneous apparitions by

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