Mercedarian missionary sees "face of God" in detention ministry

Posted by Siobhan O'Neill Meluso
Thursday 10, December 2015 | Category:   Mission & Evangelization,Vocation and Discernment
Sister Neyda Rojas with statue of Mary and flowers
"Many of them have been abandoned. But they have us. I am the voice of men who have no voice," says Mercedarian Missionary Sister Neyda Rojas of her detention ministry in Venezuela.

The BBC 100 Women series recently featured Mercedarian Missionary Sister Neyda Rojas and her detention ministry in the very violent and overcrowded prisons of Venezuela. Sister Neyda teaches literacy and other life skills to the inmates who she acknowledges have committed serious crimes, but who she continues to see as "God's children." She shares: "They've lost their freedom, but not their dignity."

Through out her 17 years of ministry, Sister Neyda's charisma and perseverance have gained her trust and respect among the inmates. Some of Sister Neyda's best memories include delivering the baby of a female inmate and ensuring inmates with serious illnesses got the medicine they needed. She spreads hope and respect to each person she encounters, which keeps her coming back to the inmates who call her "La Gota Blanca" (The White Drop) because of the color of her habit in a sea of darkness.


Reprinted with permission from PrepareTheWord.com. ©TrueQuest Communications.

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