A RAY OF MERCY

Posted by - April 7, 2018

God’s rays of mercy shine everywhere, and through his plan of salvation to these islands, He touched generous souls, who carried out his plans down to the smallest detail. One of these rays of mercy fell on a young man named Shinjiro Stefano Yamamoto. He was a Japanese admiral who was already retired by World

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March 4, 1928. The arrival of the first Mercedarian Missionaries of Berriz to Saipan at the Pantalan Aleman dock, near the present day Kristo Rai Church in Garapan. Flanked by local residents there are (L to R): Fr. Dionisio de la Fuente, S.J., parish priest, Sisters Inocencia Urizar, Loreto Zubia, Pilar Lorenzo, Maria Teresa Cortazar, Aurora Chopitea and Fr. Luis Carlos Faber, S. J., Procurator of the Missions.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Welcoming God’s Love and Mercy

Posted by - March 3, 2018

90th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Mercedarian Missionaries of Berriz in Saipan March 4, 1928 will always be a reminder to the people of Saipan of God’s tender love and mercy. After the arrival of the first five Mercedarian Sisters, the sisters wrote to Mother Margarita and told her all about this special day.

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“Living the Dream Today – the New Millennium”

Posted by - March 3, 2018

[Today, March 4, is the 90th Anniversary of the arrival of the Mercedarian Missionaries of Berriz to Saipan. Sr. Mary Ann Becmer, MMB carries her account of the history into the new millennium.] Now 90 years of grace have been ours since that March 4, 1928 morning when the first Mercedarian Missionaries arrived on Saipan.

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“Continuing the Dream through Presence – 1970’s-1990’s”

Posted by - February 25, 2018

Join the Mercedarian Sisters- for the 90th Anniversary of the MMB Arrival to Saipan in 1928 with Sunday Mass, March 4th at 11 A.M. at Maturana. One significant characteristic of the Mercedarian Charism is our Redemptive Fourth Vow. In addition to the three religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, professed by all religious men

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“Building Up, Opening Horizons, Tearing Down – the 1960’s”

Posted by - February 17, 2018

The “Dream” continued for the Mercedarian Missionaries in the 60’s primarily in the field of education at Mt. Carmel School. The Sisters administered the School throughout these years and made up most of the teaching staff. In addition, several young women who were “aspirants” to the Mercedarian lifestyle attended Mt. Carmel, in order to complete

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Education, Formation and a New Foundation – the 1950’s

Posted by - February 11, 2018

After the trauma and suffering of the war years, plus the rebuilding and beginning all over again of the early post-war years, the 1950’s ushered in a time of new hope. The “Dream” was alive and well, waiting for new horizons. For the Mercedarian Missionaries, this “newness” was to be found in brand-new educational endeavors

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The post-war Years – 1945-49: a time to Rebuild

Posted by - February 4, 2018

The first concern of the Mercedarian Sisters in the early post-war days was to get news to Berriz. However, in the days following the war, communication any- where was difficult. Finally, with the help of the military’s access to the telegraph, they were able to get through to Spain. The message was brief: “ Garate

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Pre-War Life in Saipan, New Missions, First MMB Vocation

Posted by - January 21, 2018

[In preparation for the 90th Anniversary of the arrival of the MMB Sisters to Saipan on March 4th, we desire to share with you (with slight editing) the original series authored by Sr. Mary Ann Becmer, MMB in 2002-3. She is now a General Councilor of the community in Rome.] The “Dream” continued in the

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