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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Blessed Margarita Maria Maturana Triduum of Remembrance

Posted by - July 28, 2018

ON JULY 25-Feast of Sr. James, the Apostle– there was a Celebration of the Eucharist at Mt. Carmel Cathedral, presdided by Bishop Ryan Jimenez. Blessed Margarita Maria Maturana, Foundress of the Missionaries of Berriz was also commemorated on the occasion of the conclusion of her “Triduum of Remembrance.” At the conclusion of the Mass, those

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JULY– Mother Margarita’s Month

Posted by - July 21, 2018

July is an exciting month in the life of Mother Margarita Maturana, because during this month God graced her with several glorious events. She was born into this world Maria Pilar Lopez de Maturana, along with her twin sister Leonor, on July 25, 1884, and went to her heavenly home on July 23, 1934. The

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Posted by - July 14, 2018

July 23 – 1934 Death Anniversary July 24 – Since 2006, Feast Day in the Church July 25 – 1884 Birth Anniversary Wednesday, July 25, 6 PM   In culmination of the Triduum, everyone is invited to remember Blessed Margarita Maria Maturana as Bishop Ryan P. Jimenez presides at the Celebration of the Eucharist at

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Posted by - July 7, 2018

MARCH 4, 1928 is the significant day that the First Mercedarian Sisters arrived on Saipan. Mother Margarita was not with the first group of Sisters. She came to Saipan later that year on November 2nd, at first staying only a few days, since she was accompanying the Sisters who would be establishing the first mission

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Posted by - June 30, 2018

Part I – Mother Margarita Maria Maturana’s First Missionary Trip 90 Years Ago   Mother Margarita’s calling in life, her life’s work, was to be an instrument in bringing the faith to the islands.  Mother Margarita felt a great love for the islands.  Our Lord put this love in her heart and Our Lord brought

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These are the first Jesuits assigned to work in Micronesia before their departure for the islands in 1920. Bishop Santiago de Rego is seated in the middle. Standing (from left): Br. Gojenola, Fr. Marino de la Hoz, Br. Oroquieta, Br. Tudanca, Br. Casasayas, Fr. Espinal. Br. Cobo is 4th from right standing, and below him is Br. Emilio Villar. After the seizure of the islands by Japan in 1914, following the expulsion of all German missionaries, Jesuits from Spain were asked to continue the mission work.

Mother Margarita and The Jesuits

Posted by - May 19, 2018

“I’m confident that together we will work diligently for the Kingdom of God” Mother Margarita Maturana, May 19, 1927 In the little Basque town of Berriz, the Mercedarian Sisters lived a cloistered life of prayer.  When the Sisters needed to better financially support themselves, they decided to open a girls’ boarding school.  This eventually was

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May 4 - A visit of Mt. Carmel School students, staff and chaperones to the Mercedarian Sisters at Maturana. The winning entries of the contest honoring the 90th Anniversary of the Arrival of the MMB to Saipan were presented ad each received a small gift from the Sisters.

Celebrating Presence Through Essay, Art and Poetry

Posted by - May 12, 2018

May 4th, exactly two months to the day after the 90th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Mercedarian Missionaries of Berriz to Saipan— nine students were honored for their participation in Mt. Carmel School’s Commemoration of the day. After the celebration of the eucharist at Mt. Carmel Cathedral, the finalists received their certificates in each

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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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