Sisters who serve in Mexico
Sister Mary Dumonceaux
Sister Mary Dumonceaux joined the sisters in San Rafael in September 2008. She arrived from San Antonio, Tex., where she served for 12 years as a university instructor of theology and as a diocesan consultant for religious education. Sister Mary serves as pre-novitiate companion to women in the initial stage of formation. She is coordinating adult education, especially in the study of the Aparecida document of the Latin American Bishops. Sister Mary says, "Both the humilidad and sencillez (humbleness and simplicity) of our environment easily nurture the Franciscan spirit. It is perfect joy to be here."
Sister Patricia Forster
Originally from Alexandria, Minn., Sister Pat grew up in a wonderful family, rich in the Catholic faith. She was one of four Franciscan Sisters who started the Mexico mission in 2003. Sister Pat, a registered nurse, has years of experience in Hispanic ministry, long-range planning for parishes and adult education and formation. Full of gratitude, her stories hold courage, insight and faith.
Sister Mary Hroscikoski
Growing up in the Mexican influenced environment of Los Angeles, Calif., Sister Mary Hroscikoski learned to think of Mexico as a foreign land. As a Franciscan Sister she has learned to name all as sister and brother, accepting the call to live “straddling” the borders we humans create to separate us from others. She finds it a privilege to be part of our Monterrey community, slowly learning Spanish, and ministering with Sister Janice in home visits with homebound elders. Sister Mary plans to begin providing personal and spiritual accompaniment to families served by a local human rights organization.
Sister Ange Mayers
Sister Ange Mayers numbers eight of 12 children who grew up on a dairy farm, feeding and milking cows. She worked the fields helping to plant and harvest crops and observed the reverence her parents had for the animals and all of creation. Her years of Native American ministry in Tucson, Ariz., was a stepping stone to ministry in Venezuela that was a stepping stone to living on the Tohono O’odham Nation and now in her transition to the Mexico mission.
She and Sister Mary Hroscikoski were sent forth to join Sister Janice Wiechman in early 2015 with the community’s blessing and heartfelt words “that they may live deep within their hearts.” Her adjustment to life in Monterrey has certainly and truly called her to do so! Presently Sister Ange is a catechist preparing children for First Eucharist, ministering to families in the area, and tutoring people working to improve their English. She plans to begin companioning ministry at the Newman Center near McAllen, Tex.
Sister Maria Isabel Berrones Morales
St. Mary of the Angels Chapel, San Rafael, Nuevo Leon, was the setting in October 2008 where Maria Isabel Berrones Morales was received into the formation process to become a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota. Isabel was introduced to the local community by Bishop Ramon Calderon Batres of the Linares Diocese and has been living with the sisters since January 2008. In June 2009 Isabel entered the novitiate and continues her formation in Mexico along with Sister Aurora Tovar. She professed temporary vows on June 13, 2010, and she is now attending university in Monterrey, studying in preparation for her future ministry.
Sister Aurora Tovar
Aurora Tovar became Sister Aurora Tovar on August 11, 2008, the Feast of Saint Clare of Assisi. Aurora was received into the novitiate of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota, and became a member of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis. She professed temporary vows on June 13, 2010, and she is now attending university in Monterrey, studying in preparation for her future ministry. Sister Aurora comes from the small farming community of Mezquite of the Mexican state, Nuevo León. She came to know the Franciscan Sisters when, in 2003, the Franciscan Sisters started the Franciscan Missionary Center in her parish of San Rafael.
Sister Janice Wiechman
The eldest of 11 children, Sister Janice Wiechman grew up on a farm near St. Rosa, Minn. She has been involved in Hispanic ministry since 1981, which has taken her to Venezuela, Chicago and now Mexico. She was one of four Franciscan Sisters who started the mission in San Rafael, Mexico, in 2003. In 2011 she moved to Monterrey and presently lives with Sisters Mary and Ange. She’s involved in visiting and bringing communion to homebound people in a very poor section of Monterey. She also tutors children at a neighborhood education center. With sisters of other religious communities and the Vocations Office in Monterrey, she enjoys companioning young women in their vocational discernment.