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2013 Lumen Christi Award Nominees
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Sister M. Sandra Ann Silva
Diocese of Monterey, California

Inspiring Hope with Beans and a Bible

Migrant farmworkers in California’s Pajaro Valley are often hidden, living on the margins of society. Even at Mass, they are a silent presence sitting at the back of the church, often unnoticed. With her basket full of beans and a Bible, Sister Sandra Ann Silva, SHF, is on a mission to change that. She seeks them out in their homes or in the fields, inviting them into the community by sharing the good news of Christ’s love. Although many are baptized Catholic, they haven’t received any faith formation. Sister Silva welcomes them as family members, teaching them the faith and preparing them for the sacraments of first Eucharist, Reconciliation, Confirmation and Matrimony.

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