Since the foundation of the first small Cenacle in Comas, Peru, on October 31, 1962, many events have marked the life of the Dominican Missionary Adorers in this country, including the foundation and the closing of smaller houses. We recall to memory Ricardo Palma that was to be for postulants, Magdalena del Mar, for a novitiate and then Micaela Bastidas, Mariano Melgar and La Pascana to answer the apostolic needs of each one of these localities. Everywhere, the sisters strove to give witness to the One who is the reason for our existence: the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus! After some time, the sisters gathered together in Comas, the place where we had founded at first.
In January 2006, a new house was opened in Chaclacayo in the diocese of Chosica, especially to receive young people who are interested in a religious vocation or who are ready for initial formation.
Yet since 2017, the Prioress General, noting the limited number of sisters in each house, discussed with them the question during her annual visits, and then with her council. It was becoming necessary to think about uniting these two small communities in order to ensure the continuation of our mission in Peru. During her last visit, at the beginning of 2019, individual and group reflections continued to discern the will of the Lord for the Congregation in Peru. Finally, towards the end of the visit, it was decided by all the sisters that they would live together in Chaclacayo, forming there a “convent”, hence closing the house at Comas. This decision was essential for the vitality of community life and the pursuit of apostolic commitments.
Over the weeks and months, the sisters at Comas prepared their final departure, with all the sacrifices involved when leaving an endearing place and emptying a house where the community had lived for 57 years! As for the sisters in Chaclacayo, they prepared both their hearts and the rooms to welcome their sisters coming from Comas. It is quite a challenge to live eight people together, rather than being only three or four!
Before the departure of the sisters from Comas, the parishioners and friends wanted to highlight this event and thank the sisters for their presence and their apostolate with them for nearly 57 years. Bishop Lino Panizza Richero, O.F.M.Cap., Bishop of the Diocese of Carabayllo, presided the Eucharist.
Together, we offer to God, through the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, the lives of our sisters and all the weight of love and sacrifice invested in their apostolic investment throughout the years. May the Lord continue to be a missionary in and through their lives.