Sister Dorothy Marquez

BIRTH NAME:  Dorothy Marquez
PARENTS: Serapio D. and Nora L. Marquez
HOMETOWN:  Tularosa, N.M.
Associate’s degree in business administration, Brown Mackie College, Salina

1987-88    Hispanic services with Catholic Charities, Salina (working with the legalization program helping the undocumented to legalize their status; accompanying Spanish-speakers anywhere they needed a translator)
1990-93    Pastoral associate in Hispanic Ministry, Sacred Heart Cathedral (visited homebound parishioners and translated for Spanish-speakers; assisted the priest in various sacramental rites by translating the rituals; worked with Hispanic parishioners in empowering them to take their leadership roles in the various ministries of the cathedral)
1990-99    Secretary and Hispanic liaison/translator with Sacred Heart Grade School, Salina; also with Sister Shirley Meier worked with pregnant teens and their families in whatever way we could
2002 –05    Office cleaning crew and supervisor, National Guard Armory in Salina.
2005-present    Co-coordinator of Sisters Services at the Nazareth Motherhouse

As you look back on your years as a Sister of St. Joseph of Concordia, what experience or event best captures what your religious life has meant to you (and why)?

As I reflect on what being a Sister of St. Joseph of Concordia has meant to me over the past 25 years, I think of how I’ve been able to be a  presence to pregnant women and their little ones, to the Hispanic families and to parishioners in Salina.

I think  of the many young people I have been fortunate to work with through CYO, the Marian House project and through Sacred Heart Parish in Salina.

I am blessed to be able to minister to the needs of our sisters here at our Nazareth Motherhouse and Mount Joseph Senior Village in Concordia now and to those visitors who come to our home. Truly the Holy Spirit has touched my ministries.

My deepest desire is to be God’s presence in time of need, and to be able to be there for my dear neighbors with God as my center.

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