Sister Soledad Quintero enters the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen

Correspondent

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Sister Soledad Quintero, SSMN, smiles after the Aug. 31 Mass for the community’s jubilarians. Sr. Soledad became a novice in the community Aug. 10.

Sister Soledad Quintero’s decision to join the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur is rooted in a parish gathering she attended as an impressionable 7-year-old.

“A missionary spoke to us about his ministry and showed us pictures of his work in Africa,” says the native of Puebla, Mexico who grew up in a very religious family. “That’s when I first got the idea of being a sister.”

As an 18-year-old, Soledad took a course on evangelization that deepened her call to religious life. She became involved in parish activities and joined a lay community in Mexico called the Asociacion Apostolica Jesuscristo Divino Amor (Apostolic Association of the Divine Love of Jesus Christ) — a group she was a part of for 24 years.

“While I was with the association, I became friends with Sister Inés Diaz, who is a Sister of St. Mary of Namur,” Soledad explains. “I felt a call to deepen my response to God’s call, and I shared this desire with her.”

After talking to a priest, the discerning young woman took time to reflect on her decision and visited Sr. Ines’ religious community. She entered the convent as a candidate/postulant on Jan. 12 after living with the sisters at the Our Lady of Victory Center in Fort Worth for a year.

“I’m an only child. My father died when I was 8 months old but my mother is very happy for me and totally supports my vocation,” says Sr. Soledad, who entered the community’s novitiate on Aug. 10 and will continue the formation process for another two years.

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Sr. Soledad stands with members of her community after entering the novitiate.

Sr. Soledad currently teaches Spanish-speaking courses for the diocese’s John Paul II Institute and enjoys working with youth and young adults. Time spent living in the novitiate house and getting to know the other sisters has been both enlightening and enriching.

“I feel I have grown and my relationship with God has become deeper,” says the 44-year-old. “I’ve had the opportunity to know the life and testimony of different sisters and have seen strength, love, perseverance, and dedication.”

Her advice to others contemplating the same path she has chosen? Make a decision and don’t vacillate. Consider visiting a convent, Sr. Soledad suggests.

“It’s a great option that opens the door to happiness, self-giving, and plentitude,” she continues enthusiastically. “It’s a life full of meaning, joy, and continued surprises. Come visit me!”

Sr-Soledad-BUTTON.jpgSister Soledad Quintero’s decision to join the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur is rooted in a parish gathering she attended as an impressionable 7-year-old. “A missionary spoke to us about his ministry and showed us pictures of his work in Africa,” says the native of Puebla, Mexico who grew up in a very religious family. “That’s when I first got the idea of being a sister.”

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