“And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” (Jn 3:14-15)

With great joy our Institute around the world celebrated the great triumph of Christ over death, won by His sacrifice on the Cross. The Triumph of the Cross is our main patronal feast day particularly since we have been gathered together under the name of Our Lord and the Virgin of Matará, found on the missionary cross we wear: the Cross of Matará. Additionally, our title as “Servants” (“Servidoras”) is a reference to Our Lady and the holy women who accompanied Jesus Christ during His active ministry and who stood at the foot of the Cross. We wish to be consecrated religious who stay faithfully at the foot of the Cross of our Crucified Spouse.

On September 13th, the Vigil of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Fr. Gustavo Nieto, IVE, presided over the Mass at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in New York during which three American sisters professed their perpetual vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and Marian slavery: Sr. Mary Mother of Faith O’Connor (Massachusetts), Sr. Mary of the Annunciation Dinkel (Kansas), and Sr. Mary of the Incarnate Word Batta (Indiana). The three sisters also had the special grace of being allowed to visit the cathedral’s crypt just before the Mass in order to pray in front of the relics of the late John Cardinal O’Connor and the Servants of God Archbishop Fulton Sheen and Terence Cardinal Cooke, great men of the Church in our country. We were also blessed to have many sisters renewing their temporal vows during the ceremony.

Following the Holy Mass, we gathered at St. Paul’s in Harlem for a reception. In addition to the many friends of our Religious Family from the East Coast, the family and friends of the three sisters who professed their perpetual vows traveled from across the country to be present in great numbers. The Dinkels and their large extended family from Kansas offered a song in German, the language of their immigrant ancestors. Sr. Faith and her little cousins from Massachusetts sang a song in Gaelic while waving a “Erin Go Bragh” flag. We thank God for the gift of these new Spouses of Christ in the Church and for the spirit of family which accompanied the celebration. May Our Lady keep them forever close to Her Son.