Thursday, 31 March 2011 09:12
A funeral Mass was celebrated March 12 for Adorer of the Blood of Christ Sister Maria Dolores Gonzalez, who served for many years as a pastoral minister, particularly to Hispanics.
The Mass took place in the Chapel of Our Lady of the New Covenant at the Adorers of the Blood of Christ’s Wichita Center in Kansas. Sister Maria Dolores, 77, died March 8 at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita. Twenty-five of her years were lived as a professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ.
Father Juan Garza was the presider and homilist at the funeral Mass for Sister Maria Dolores. Her remains will be interred in Mexico.
She was born Sept. 15, l933, in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, to Albino Gonzalez Cordero and Lina Zermeno Ramirez. Maria Dolores was the seventh of nine children.
Her father was a shoemaker and her mother was a homemaker who sold her pastries and bread locally and helped deliver the shoes. Family rules were protectively strict and nurtured spiritual values and practices.
Educated at a local Catholic primary school, she desired to enter a convent and strongly yearned to do missionary work. She worried that neither was possible, but with her mother’s encouragement, she became a member of the Poor Clare Missionaries of the Most Blessed Sacrament in 1952. Besides other duties, she loved doing missionary work in various parts of Mexico. Later she made private vows under the direction of the Bishop of Gallup, N.M.
After living with ASC Sisters in the community’s formation house in El Paso, Texas, she felt called to join them. Sister Maria Dolores entered the Adorers of the Blood of Christ on Sept. 15, 1984. She pronounced her first vows Jan. 25, 1986, and made her final vows Sept. 15, 1990. She earned a diploma from Centro Antonio de Montesinos, Mexico City. In El Paso, Sister Maria Dolores served in parish ministry, as a parish religious education coordinator, and in a care home for the elderly for about a dozen years.
Sister Maria Dolores moved to the ASC’s Wichita Center in 2007, and continued ministering with Spanish-speaking people, taking Holy Communion to the sick and carrying out other caring services. She traveled many weekends to worship with parishioners at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Newton, Kan. Sister Maria Dolores had looked forward to celebrating her 25th anniversary as an ASC in July 2011.