Sister Angela Erevia, MCDP (Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence)
Greatest challenge: ‘bridging the cultural divide’
Sister Angela Erevia, MCDP, is Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Dodge City.
SKR: Why did you enter the religious life?
Sister Angela Erevia, MCDP: I entered religious life at a very early age of my childhood. My mom and dad were my idols and models of charity. They inspired me by the way they helped other people in need. At the age of 14 years, I did not have very lofty ideas of religious life. I only saw it as a way to serve others. My appreciation for religious life has grown through the years of service to the Church. I take every opportunity to invite young people to consider God’s call to the priesthood and religious life. SKR: Why did you choose your particular congregation?
Sister Angela: I had known the Our Lady of Victory Noll Sisters. I chose the Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence because they inspired me by their presence and work in the parish of St. Mary’s in Lockhart, Texas. Every year they conducted a summer school. They were very happy women who taught us the Catholic faith.
SKR: What have been your greatest challenges as a religious?
Sister Angela: My biggest challenge has been bridging the cultural divide within our Catholic Church. Immigrants coming to our parishes are changing the face of the Catholic Church in this country. We have a great opportunity to be a new Pentecost by acknowledging, accepting, appreciating, and celebrating the many faces of God in our Church. Challenges always give me an incentive to dream bigger than the reality we live.
SKR: What have been your greatest joys?
Sister Angela: My greatest joy has been witnessing the great response of so many generous lay people who are involved in the life of the Church through the various ministries. It is a great joy to work with adults who have made a decision to live out their baptismal call and are willing to serve the Lord by serving our brothers and sisters.
SKR: What kind of ministries have you been/are you involved in?
Sister Angela: During my entire religious life I have been involved in the ministry of evangelization and catechesis. I have had the privilege of serving the Church at all levels: parish, diocesan, state, regional, national, and international. I have developed processes of reflection regarding people’s cultural religious traditions with the purpose of better understanding, celebrating, and living them in the light of the Gospel.
SKR: Please offer a quote that makes a statement about the value of religious life for you.
Sister Angela: Responding to God’s call to serve the Church as a Missionary Catechist of Divine Providence has given me countless opportunities to share my gifts and talents according to the charism of our foundress, Sister Benitia Vermeersch, CDP. Our congregation was founded in 1930 in Houston, Texas, to respond to the needs of Mexican families who immigrated to Texas during the persecution of the Church in Mexico in 1926-1929. Our ministry is as relevant today as it was in 1930 since immigrants continue to come to our country, and the Church is there to welcome them as our brothers and sisters in Christ.