First associates in Latin America

AS Iris Prieo, Quito, Ecuador

1990--ASs Frs. Gene Heerdinck, Thomas Maney, S. Rose Mae Rausch, AS Luis Avendano, S. Joan Gerads, AS Iris PrietoIn November 1990, Fathers Thomas Maney, Gene Heerdink and two lay people from Venezuela, Luis Avendaño and myself, were welcomed as Franciscan Associates by the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls (FSLF), represented by Sisters Joan Gerads and Rose Mae Rausch, General Minister of the FSLF.

The ceremony was held in a cottage in Chongón on the Cost of Ecuador. My husband, Glahecer Baque, made his associate commitment in 1991.

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ASs Fathers Gene and Thomas, Sister Rose Mae, AS Luis Avendano, Sister Joan Gerads, Iris Prieto


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