Up Close and Personal



Sr. Maria de Guadalupe Diaz grew up in Puerto Rico. As a young girl, she was attending public school but dropped out during ninth grade. Her goal was to take a course in housekeeping that was offered for young women who wanted to work in the U.S. “I finished the course,” Guadalupe recalled, “but I was not happy about coming to the States.” Her friends Roberto and Enrique encouraged her to go to the Academia Monsegnor Willinger and accompanied her to meet Sr. Joseph Helene. That meeting not only led to Sr. Guadalupe becoming a 10th grade student at the academy but also led to a realization that she was being called to become one of the sisters.

Sr. Guadalupe’s gifts are many and during her years in the congregation she has served in education on various levels, parish ministry, and in vocations on both east and west coasts as well as in her native Puerto Rico. But wherever she has been, there is one often “unofficial” gift that has also proven to be a gift to the sisters with whom she lives—she is an excellent seamstress! “Sewing has been part of my life since I was a child,” she explained.  Read more