The process of changing and updating of the Church with the Second Vatican Council encouraged the Congregation develop our current constitutions, on the basis of the original on September 27, 1918

Mi Hna life testimony.

Irma (Miryam) Breña LópezAm puquiana, (capital of the province of Ayacucho, Peru Puquio) member of a family of 9 children; alumna of the school and Normal run by the Hnas. Dominican missionaries. My 84 years of age, 62 in the Congregation, I want to first of all thank God for life, by so much media and opportunities that I have received and I receive from my family, the Congregation, friendships and groups with whom I have shared my life.! My religious vocation has been the result of the Christian life which began at home, expanded the College and Normal School. They also influenced much to opt for religious life reading the life of Santa Teresita, the ads on the mm sisters missionary life DD. and the deep desire to “be holy”.

Overcome difficulties to enter the convent, especially the opposition of my dad, I spent the official years of preparation and then the first profession, I devoted myself to teaching in the new school of Fatima and the Normal of Santa Teresita in Cajamarca. Later, in the Normal and boarding school in Lima. These realities in my central goal was to form young, good, Christian women responsible and efficient.

My return to the city of Ayacucho, the year 1969, marked a new stage in my life: from the service as a Director of great unity school, contact with a troubled population, in particular, the volunteer work of support to the education of young people at the University of Huamanga, where already began the formation of the leadership of shining path, was a strong motivating impulse of living the faith to depth and need to work in coordination with other institutions ecclesial and civil; on this occasion, we will start the advice of the JEC and UNEC Jesuits fathers. All this new and difficult experiences drove me to deepen my Biblical Theological training in the days of liberation theology and the study of the Bible, of the documents of Vatican II, in the Latin-American Episcopal assemblies, what It entailed a change in mentality regarding Dios and humanity and I was seeing progressive clear option for the poor.

The order of Vatican II “return to the sources” and the process of changing and updating of the Church encouraged the Congregation develop our current constitutions, based on the original, 1,918.  In this work process, they asked me to collaborate. This stage was a time of grace, in the midst of efforts and tensions, of any change.

Nine years of accompaniment to my elderly and ill parents, out of the country, was another rewarding life experience, but hard and difficult, for not having a community of the Congregation, about and by lack of the language of the place. In the middle of that reality, I think having lived in the best possible way the option for the poor: firstly, I shared my time according to my parents, in coordination with my absent brothers and to the extent of my possibilities supported needy immigrants especially Salvadorans that they arrived in emergency war in el Salvador, he did so from my house and the parish.

On my return to the country had the joy, among various services, to join parents in Lima, from where came the missionary Dominican laity, later enjoy the accompaniment of populations of Sayan, especially to rural women of the Valley, who They were organized with the objective of promoting a better comprehensive training and assessment of its being “women”. My experience of support to the Civil institution of women in Lima was also interesting: “the House of Panchita.

Next to these pastoral experiences services in the Government of the province have helped and are still helping me to internalize more continuous call which the Lord makes me through the appointment of MICAH: “now you said what is good and what the Lord calls for you” “: just that you practice justice, love tenderly, and te portes humbly with your God and humanity”.

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