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† Sr. María del Sagrario CABRERA sscc (Ecuador)

Save those you have given me from the world
I have made it known who you are
and they have heeded your word

   On Monday April 4, 2011 at 6:30 am, the Lord came for our beloved sister Maria del Sagrario, who slept gently in the arms of the heavenly Father.

   Maria del Sagrario Cabrera Andrade (Rosa de Jesús) was born in Milagro, Guayas - Ecuador, on September 28, 1931. Her parents were Jose Maria Cabrera and Julia Andrade. She was baptized on June 11, 1932. She made her First Communion on December 8, 1940 and was confirmed on September 17.

   She began her pre-novitiate on December 25, 1951 and her novitiate on February 11, 1953, she made her temporary vows on March 1, 1955 and her perpetual vows on March 1, 1958.

   She gave her services in various communities in the province as an elementary teacher in Guayaquil, Central Quito and Cuenca, she was headmistress in the schools of Salinas and Guayaquil, she was superior in the communities of Fe y Alegría in Manta, and did social work in Our Lady of Peace, Heart of Mary and Salinas.

   She lived for some years in the community of Guayaquil, and with much dedication and responsibility she prepared the young people in the school for first communion. In the community she was Sacristan, she was very meticulous in arranging the Oratory, taking care to every detail so that everything was in accordance with the liturgy.

   She was a very happy person, with a great sense of humour, orderly and responsible. She lived with fidelity and joy her consecration to Jesus and Mary whom she loved so much that she kept them very close to her heart.

   Her health was declining slowly, on the September 5, 2009 examinations conducted diagnosed colon cancer with metastases in the liver, it was terminal. On knowing the severity of the disease, she accepted it with much courage and faith. It has proved her to be a very strong woman, who never complained of pain.

   During the last few months she remained in the hospital, showing incredible peace. That she accepted her illness with fortitude and love is for the Province and Congregation, a source of grace which attracts many vocations. We are sure that she is already enjoying the presence of God, but please offer the prayers for her that our Constitutions asks.

United in the common mission
Hna. Yolanda Patiño y Comunity of Guayaquil