Three Sisters (Patrizia, Bertilla and Carmela) were sent to the diocesan mission of La Guaira and arrived in Venezuela on March 3rd, 1978. For the first time the charism of Father Domenico crossed the Ocean and was established in a land of mission. Since the beginning, the nuns focused their activities on children in need and families. Still today, the nuns who still live there work in a very large parish, on the coast of Caracas, where there is not even a priest because of a serious attack. Social problems, violence and drugs mark the context of their mission. The Sisters of Mary Immaculate are in charge of family catechesis and ‘itinerant family evangelization’, which is typical of Latin America.
In the parishes where they are asked to go, they form apostolate groups; they organize retreats for young people and teenagers; they give support and offer company to lonely people, the sick and infirm, the elderly, etc. In their house, they have room to welcome the children they find in the barrios, the shanty towns of Caracas, helping them do homework and giving them food.
Some nuns live in Mérida, a town located in the Andean region. Their community is part of a local parish and they collaborate to the several pastoral activities. The nuns manage a preschool, which allows them to be almost economically independent.