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SUPPORT St. Martin




Those called to leadership embrace a ministry to support all members of the Congregation so that they may grow in love and be faithful to the charism of the Congregation.  After prayer, study, and discussion in Chapters and assemblies, the Congregational leaders guide the Congregation to implement actions that promote the common good and respond to the call of the Spirit in our time.  

“Like good stewards responsible for all these varied graces of God, put your gifts at the service of others.”  -- 1 Peter 4:10  

Working as a member of the Council is truly a gift because I can interact and connect with our Sisters in a different way than I had before.  As a Council, we are able to serve the Sisters by being the support they need in health, wellness and also their spiritual growth.  It is a blessed journey to walk with each of our Sisters.

Sister Celeste Marie Botello, O.P.

Being a member of the Congregational Leadership Team at the beginning was a bit of a challenge because of my limitation with language and knowing the culture. However, it also has been a blessing, a privilege, and an honor to walk this journey TOGETHER with all the Sisters, sharing our stories, challenges, and hopes. It has been a service that involves much learning and growing, mutual accompaniment and love.

Sister Verónica Esparza Ramírez, O.P.

Being on the Council is a blessing and a tremendous, shared responsibility that invites me to listen attentively, to hold the needs of our sisters with tenderness, and to trust in the Spirit who continually guides us as one Congregation.

Sister Angelica Velez, O.P.

Being on the Council, I get to know and serve our Sisters in the US and Mexico in a very different capacity as well as deepen our relationship with our wider Dominican family and the Church. I am humbled and privileged to be in leadership at this time.

Sister Mary Yun, O.P.

Being a member of the Congregational Leadership team is truly a graced experience in living out a call to service. It is life-giving and it provides a unique way of being connected to all the Sisters, and to the mission of the Congregation. It is humbling and a privilege to walk our life-long faith journey together.

Sister Mary Susanna Vasquez, O.P.

Congregational Council

Provincial Council

The Congregation has one province, the Province of Cristo Rey, México.

In 1909, Mother Maria Pia Backes, foundress of the Congregation, established the Congregation’s first house in Mexico, Santa Rosa, Azcapotzalco, D.F.  In 1968, on December 20, 1964, Mother Mary Dominic Engelhard, Prioress General, established the Region of Mexico and appointed Sister Maria Concepta Maciel as the first Regional Prioress.

On June 28, 2009, the Province of Mexico was established.  One month later the first Provincial Chapter was held, and Sister Josefina Rodríguez Silva was elected the first Provincial Prioress.   The Provincial House and Priory of Cristo Rey is located in Atizapán de Zaragoza, Edo. de México, México.  The Sisters of the Province minister in Atizapán, Edo. de México; San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato; Cd. Delicias, Chihuahua; San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas; Santa Isabel Chalma, Edo. de México; Colonia Escandón, México, DF, and Maravatío, Michoacán.  

The Provincial Council for the Province of Mexico poses with Sister Cecilia Canales, left, Congregational Prioress, Sister Rosa Pérez Godínez, Provincial Prioress, and Councilors--Sister Lucía Mancilla, Sister Angelina Rodríguez Galván, and Sister Luz María Quintero Reyes.


Our Congregational Prioress

Our Congregational Council

Our Provincial Prioress and Provincial Council