Sr. Isabel’s friends from Mexico reunite to guide retreat for area’s Spanish-speaking

Sister Isabel Romero, SCTJM, joins retreatants in giving a sign of their love for Jesus during movements to a praise song. Sister Isabel, director of Hispanic ministry for the Diocese of Peoria, was among those leading a retreat for Spanish-speaking Catholics July 7 at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

A retreat day for Spanish-speaking Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria on July 7 was also a reunion of several longtime friends from Mexico who traveled to central Illinois at the invitation of one friend who now calls this area home. “When I was young we were in a prayer group together,” said Sister Isabel […]

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Peoria native who has served in Mexico for 66 years renews vows as relatives visit

Led by her grandnephew Father Vincent Giiacabazi, SJ, Sister Mechtild Swearingen, OSB, left, renews the vows of her religious profession at Pan de Vida Monastery in Torreon, Mexico. (Provided photo)

Our Lady of Guadalupe is a thread running throughout Peoria native Sister Mechtild Swearingen’s remarkable 66 years of ministry in Mexico. The 1941 graduate of the Academy of Our Lady in Peoria, born Nora Jean Swearingen, was praying to Our Lady of Guadalupe when — in 1950 as a young  member of the Benedictine Sisters […]

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