‘Quicas’ among us: Following in the footsteps of Santo Toribio’s sister

Sister Sheila

Maria Marcos Romo Gonzalez, also called “Quica,” the sister of Mexican martyr St. Toribio Romo Gonzalez, dedicated her life to enabling poor children, including her brother, to receive a Christ-centered education. 

The Quica Project, bearing her name, recognizes the need for schools to open their doors to all children, regardless of the child’s economic status.

In helping with its mission, The Quica Project tells the stories of the people who have helped sustain and grow St. Catherine of Siena School in Reseda in an effort to inspire others to give and organize their giving. 

This year, four “Quicas” were honored at a dinner July 17 in St. Catherine’s School hall: Barbara May Theresa Werle, Gustavio Farias, Father Raúl Cortes and Sister Sheila McNiff, the current principal of the school. The traveling relics of St. Toribio were at the event. 

Sister Sheila was faced with the task of saving St. Catherine’s school five years ago when it faced closure with only 57 students. Today, its enrollment has tripled and more than 90 percent of families receive financial assistance. ν

 

— Tamara Tirado

 


Voices

‘Digging a well together’

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Christian de Cherge, the Trappist Abbott who was martyred in Algeria in 1996, was fond of sharing this story: He had a very close Muslim friend, Mohammed, and the two of them used to pray together, even as they remained aware of their differences as Muslim and Christian.  

Aware too that certain schools of thought, both Muslim and Christian, warn against this type of prayer out of a sense that the various faiths are not praying to the same God, the two of them didn’t call their sessions together prayer. Rather they imagined themselves as “digging a well together.”

 

 

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January 31, 2015

  • Saturday, January 31

    Nine-Hour Novena and Mass, 6:45 a.m., Saint Joseph the Worker Church, 19855 Shermann Way, Winnetka. Sponsored by the Infant Jesus of Prague Apostolic Group. For more information, contact Leo, (818) 633-3926. www.IJPAG.com

    Nun Run 5K, 8 a.m., Race starts on Dover Ave. in Thousand Oaks. Registration $25-35 and includes Nun Run T-shirt and pancake breakfast. For more information, email events@sndca.org or visit www.sndca.org/nunrun.

    Charismatic Mass with Healing Service, 8:30 a.m., St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 9451 Broadway, Temple City. Mass will be celebrated by Father Mark Strader.

     

     

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