The Lord has called one of our young missionary sisters to Himself. Mother Maria Mater Mundi Salvatoris Quizhpe Cuenca, SSVM, aged 36, was the local superior of our community in Mexico which cares for elderly diocesan priests. She died in Mérida, Mexico in the early hours of January 10, 2017 following a brain aneurysm on December 31, 2016.
Originally from Ecuador, M. Mater Mundi Salvatoris entered our community in 2003 and made final vows on January 28, 2010. She served as a missionary in our Province since 2007 beginning in Toronto, Canada. Gifted in working with older parishioners, she always brought a cheerful presence to St. Augustine of Canterbury and to the homes of the local elderly whom she visited as a permanent apostolate.
In 2014 M. Mater Mundi Salvatoris opened the mission in Mexico where the community fulfills the privileged apostolate of accompanying retired priests who have given their lives for the Church.
This work was tied to a deep spiritual offering that had marked her entire religious life, though known to few. In a letter to the General Superior in 2009 she wrote:
I want to be a victim of the merciful love of Jesus. To offer oneself for souls is beautiful, but to offer oneself for the souls of priests is so beautiful and so great that one should have a thousand lives, a thousand hearts…! I offer my life with joy only that Christ may encounter in priests what He expects of them. This is one of the reasons that has made me decide to offer myself to the contemplative life, to make an offering of myself for priests and for the offenses committed against the Holy Eucharist.
As a grace of living in a residency for priests, M. Mater Mundi Salvatoris was able to receive the sacrament of the unction of the sick from the vicar of the archdiocese in the moments following her aneurysm even before the ambulance arrived.
During the days leading up to her death she was visited by bishops, priests, religious of the diocese and many of the faithful from the local parishes and those who visited the priests’ home. On January 9, 2017 Holy Mass was celebrated for the last time at the foot of her bed four hours before the Lord called her from this life to the next in the early hours of January 10th.
According to the customs in Latin America, her funeral was held immediately on January 10, the day of her death. The Mass was presided over by the Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Yucatán with nearly 200 people in attendance, among them many of the faithful of the local parish and a large presence of the religious of the archdiocese.
Like a wise virgin waiting with her lamp alight, M. Mater Mundi Salvatoris fulfilled her religious vows and daily duties with great attention, love and generosity. May the Bridegroom now welcome her into the marriage banquet He has prepared.
We ask for prayers for her soul, for the consolation of her family, and for the community of our sisters in Mexico.
Below we share the English version of her holy card with date annotation according to international norms (dd/mm/yyyy):
In keeping with the spirit and example of M. Mater Mundi Salvatoris’ life, we share a resource where your can learn more about the spiritual and apostolic mission of praying and working for the holiness of priests in Eucharistic Adoration for the Sanctification of Priests and Spiritual Maternity (2007). The text includes lively examples of those who have prayed and suffered for souls, especially for priests: St. Monica and St. Therese of the Child Jesus among others. It is available for download from the Congregation for the Clergy (English, PDF 1.47 MB / Spanish, PDF 1.5 MB).