Laying Down their Nets for God

Have you ever thought what it is to dedicate yourself to someone else’s life-project? That is exactly what happens when a religious, or priest, consecrates him or herself to God: they lay down their nets (their projects) and take up that of God, and follow Him.

Our Province of Cristo Rey – North America recently celebrated the ‘yes’ of four such women who have been following the Lord’s project through their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience for more than a combined 240 years! Let me introduce them:

Sister Maria Hsu, from Hong Kong.

Celebrating 50 years of religious profession.

Sr. Maria is a convert to Christianity, through being educated in Canossian schools in Hong Kong. She later decided to enter with the Sisters there. She was asked to come to the United States to assist with Catholic outreach to a growing Chinese community. She helped establish an ongoing diocesan ministry to the Chinese in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. She continues to serve in San Francisco as the pastoral coordinator to Chinese immigrants.


Sister Teresa Bonaventure, from Italy

Celebrating 60 years of religious profession.

Sr. Teresa entered the novitiate in Vimercate, Italy with a desire to serve wherever God desired. And so she is living that desire each day! She served in the United States since 1965, and in 1969 was one of the first group of Canossians to come to a new mission in the Diocese of Sacramento. She opened houses in Jackson, Sacramento (Our Lady of Lourdes – our blog community), and in the diocese of San Francisco.

She is currently serving in London, England as a coordinator of Catechesis.


Sister Teresa Celine Norris, from Singapore

Celebrating 60 years of religious profession.

Sr. Teresa Celine professed her first vows in Kowloon, China in 1951. She was one of the first four missionary Sisters to start our foundation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 50 years ago today (August 17, 1961).

She has served in various communities in the last 50 years in the United States, and continues to teach catechesis and sacramental preparation at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Sacramento, California.


 Sister Rosetta Benelli, from Italy

Celebrating 70 years of religious profession.

Sr. Rosetta professed her first vows in Italy, and served in England before coming to the United States in early 1970’s. She has served as a teacher and catechist at various parishes in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as well as in San Francisco Diocese.

Although retired, she still enjoys talking with individuals, praying for vocations and greet visitors to our Spirituality Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Here are a few pictures of our celebration of the lives of consecration and service of these four great women. This year, we are also celebrating 50 Years as a Province serving North America, so enjoy also some pictures from history! Also, you can see in the pictures, we do have vocations coming, one by one. Please join us in praying for more young women to open their hearts, and “Make Jesus Known and Loved” with us! Enjoy!


Thank you, Fr. Troy, for your mention! God bless you!


One thought on “Laying Down their Nets for God

  1. Congratulations Beloved Sisters, I carry you always in my heart and in my prayer, and forever I am grateful for the Gift you are and have been in my life, you made a whole difference in my life and continue making a difference, you made me know and love God more than ever and that I will always value, You are so special and you are the very Best!

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