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Incorporation of Sister Elvia Celebrated

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, Sister Elvia Yolanda Mata Ortega renewed her perpetual vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience to the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scranton, PA. In Sister Elvia’s response of readiness to make this commitment, she admitted that “God has brought me here from the most insignificant town in Mexico, Santa Maria del Oro.” There she grew up the fifth of eleven children. Elvia’s parents Elisa and José continue to reside there. They and family members were able to view the ceremony live via videostreaming. Sister Elvia's sister, Lidia, and her brother-in-law Ismael, and nephew Ismael came from California to represent the family at the ceremony.

In 1994 when Sister Elvia first heard the call to religious life, she entered Las Misioneras de Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro, a community founded by a Redemptorist priest. Her ministry in that congregation led her to various places which included Mexico, India, Philadelphia and Springfififield, PA, and Massachussets. It was in Springfield that she confided to Father Jim Brennan, CSsR, that she was having doubts about staying with her community in Mexico. Through his counsel, she found her way to the Sisters of IHM of Scranton.

Currently, Sister Elvia is the Deputy Director of Padre Severiano Martinez Home for Children in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

Please click here to view more photos and to read Sister Elvia's intention and Sister Ellen Maroney's address from the Incorporation Mass and Reception held at the IHM Center in Scranton, PA.


L-R Sisters Chris Koellhoffer, Jean Louise Bachetti, Elvia Mata Ortega, Ellen Maroney, and Susan Hadzima