On Wednesday, September 27th, the feast of St. Vincent de Paul, our dearest Associate Clementina Torres Rodriguez left to go to Our Father in heaven.
The Sisters that got to know Clementina, have fond memories of her and the many ways she lived the Associate Mission statement as one of the first Associates in Peru.
She helped welcome many of the Sisters that visited or missioned in El Progreso, Peru. “Clemi” as Sister Josephine Doiron called her friend, was often consulted about the needs of the people and she would offer good advice.
She also helped the Sisters at their newly constructed convent as the cook and housekeeper for many years. In the words of Sister Patricia Ann Ryan, “Clementina not only fed our bodies but also fed our hearts as well.”
She was a living testimony of being: a strong woman, a protective mother, a loving wife, a struggling neighbor, a practicing Christian, a follower of Vincent, a faithful Associate and a vigilant citizen.
According to Sister Dianne McNamara, “Clementina also had a very large family and instilled in them the virtues of faith and hope as she journeyed in love.”