Our Missionary Fathers established in Fajardo and our Sisters in Gurabo live there in great simplicity and poverty. Their prayers and their self-giving to God bring graces to the Caribbean. During a serious hurricane and the subsequent floods, about ten of our religious Brothers and Sisters worked on the front line with the American Red Cross to help the many disaster victims. On several occasions, hard hit themselves, especially by the hurricanes of 2017, our missionaries live among the poor and share their hardships.
In Fajardo, the first residence of the Missionary Fathers. Later, while the Fathers occupied the mission of Gurabo to build a convent for the nuns, the nuns stayed in this same shack.
In Fajardo, the Fathers are working on the construction of the chapel.
The chapel “Madre de Dios” almost finished.
Palm Sunday precedes the feast of Easter. It is the beginning of the Great Week in which we commemorate the infinite sufferings of Jesus our Saviour.
On Palm Sunday, the procession is a reminder of Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
Hurricanes often batter the Caribbean. In addition to high winds, torrential rains cause much destruction.
After the passage of a hurricane, our Fathers hastened to replace the storm-damaged cross on the chapel tower.
The bishop blesses a newborn baby
he has just baptized.
In Puerto Rico, some faithful friends
and supporters of the mission.
Making the wooden crosses that will be used for the Way of the Cross on Good Friday.
On Good Friday in Puerto Rico, many of the faithful carry the cross on their shoulders,
in memory of Jesus, carrying His cross,
on His way to Calvary.
At each station, the procession stops for the traditional prayers of the Way of the Cross.
We dug a well and installed a water tank. Drinking water is often in short supply, especially during hurricane season.
In Gurabo, the banana harvest. We planted several fruit trees on the properties of both missions.
Visiting a sick person to comfort him by administering the sacraments and temporal and spiritual help.
Loading of provisions for other even more needy missions.
The nuns travel the island of Puerto Rico each year distributing the Magnificat Calendar.
It is a powerful means of apostolate and the alms collected allow us to continue.
Friends from the mission. They come to pray and receive religious instruction.
Property maintenance. Necessary work, without glitter, which reminds us of the hard work of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Nazareth.
Growing fruit trees requires a lot of work.
A few hens provide excellent eggs for the missionaries.
Cement surfaces must be brushed regularly as mould accumulates.