By Sr. Ana Margarita, sctjm

Short biography of Mother Adela, Our Foundress


Mother Adela was born in Leon, Nicaragua on November 21, 1961, to a very devout family. She is the fourth child of five. Since her early age, she has had an intimate relationship with our Blessed Mother. At her school, there was a statue of Our Lady that she would visit every morning. There, she would place a little paper between Our Lady’s fingers with her intentions, thus learning from her very early years to place all her life into the Immaculate Heart of our Mother. When she was 7 years old, she made a promise to Our Lady to never say “no” to whatever She would ask of her. She has kept that promise faithfully.

At the age of thirteen, she began her active participation in the Charismatic Renewal movement. At this young age, she became a member of the “counsel of elders” of the movement. She had such an ardor for making our Lord loved and known that soon her older sisters and all her friends were participating in the prayer group at their parish. From that time on, she has always been a woman open to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit.

In March 1979, due to the political situation of her country, she went to Albany, New York with a group of young people from Nicaragua, hoping to return soon to her native country. The situation in Nicaragua never improved, so her whole family had to move to Miami, where she has lived since then.

As soon as she moved to South Florida, she registered at Immaculate Conception Parish in Hialeah. There, she was asked to lead the young adult charismatic group, which she would not only lead, but also animate with her musical talent.

In 1984, a seed was planted during a mission trip in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Mother was led to have what is called an “exchange of hearts” with our Blessed Mother. There, the image of the Pelican began to follow her, and the reading of the Gospel of St. Luke 2:34-35 was revealed to her:
“Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted and you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."

She understood that it was necessary to give her heart to Our Lady in order to fulfill a plan. She went back to Miami and continued her ordinary life, living at home, studying at the university, and working for the Lord at her parish, with a deeper prayer life and a new heart.

In 1985, she returned to Santo Domingo, again in the context of a mission of evangelization. At the end of the mission, the missionaries visited the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Schoenstatt. During the celebration of the Holy Mass, she heard interiorly these words: “Let me pierce your heart so others may have life.” She understood that the Lord was asking her for a total donation of her heart and life. She consecrates herself to the Lord. By virtue of this consecration, the Pelican began to enflesh in her heart in a new way.

She returned to Miami with a new identity, not knowing what the future would hold or understanding how her consecration would serve those she understood were going to receive life. Just a few weeks later, three of the young women in her prayer group told her that they wanted to follow her on the path of total consecration and in the way she would define for them.

In March 1986, they began to live in community: in silence, poverty, and trusting that the Lord would reveal through Our Lady the designs of His Heart for the good of the Church. A journey full of roses and thorns, of joys and crosses began to be traveled. A journey and adventure of love and fidelity gave way to the birth of the Religious Institute of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. The Servants are called to be a living image and presence of the Heart of Mary in the heart of the Church, placing their Marian charism at the service of the Petrine principle, in order to be ardent witnesses to the power and fecundity of love and of the Splendor of the Magisterium and Treasures of the Church, to form the human heart to build a new civilization of love and life. They are at the service of the New Evangelization called forth by Ven. John Paul II.

In 1999, the family extended and the lay branches, Apostles of the Pierced Hearts and the Little Apostles of the Pierced Hearts were born. They are present in the United States, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Paraguay, and Italy.

As their Spiritual Father, John Paul II, has called the Church to “go out into the deep,” the Servants have traveled the oceans of the Church and of the world through their many ministries. The sisters were the first women religious institute that had an evangelization site on the internet, active since March 25, 1997. Through the website, they have reached the whole world with almost 2 billion visits. They have traveled to preach the Good News in many states in the US and almost all the countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean. They are also evangelizing through radio, TV, and their multimedia ministry in USA, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Spain and France.

On September 14, 2008, the Diocese of Peoria entrusted them with the Diocesan Retreat Center in Henry, Illinois. A year later, the Servants were entrusted with the direction and administration of St. Robert Bellarmine Newman Center at Illinois State University, where they currently reach more than 23,000 students.

In Miami, they have weekly Eucharistic Cenacles, and are serving at St. Mary’s Cathedral and School, St. Agatha, St. Raymond, St. Michael the Archangel, Blessed Trinity School, and Catholic Hospice. With their preaching ministry, they have served more than half of the parishes of the Archdiocese and also most of the Ecclesial Movements.

This Marian charism born in the heart of the Church has become a home for priestly hearts. Priests and seminarians from many different dioceses and countries have embraced this charism, which forms their hearts to be witnesses to love and to be the living image and presence of the Priestly, Pierced, and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.

The small seed planted in 1985 has given much fruit for the glory and reign of the love of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary and for the good of our Mother the Church.

“All for the Heart of Jesus, through the Heart of Mary, so that in everything Love may triumph.”

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