Skip to content

Twins consecrated to the Virgin Mary both chose religious vocations

The #1 Catholic Online School
FREE Catholic Classes

By (CNA News/ACI Prensa)
5/14/2018 (7 months ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

As infants, Monica and Cristian Moya were hovering on the verge of death. But after their mother consecrated them to the Virgin Mary, they recovered from a severe case of pneumonia.

Highlights

By (CNA News/ACI Prensa)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
5/14/2018 (7 months ago)

Published in Vocations

Keywords: Vocations, Priest, Virgin Mary, Catholic News, Nun


Valparaiso, Chile (ACI Prensa) - Today, Cristian Moya is a priest. Sister Monica Moya made her final vows with the Congregation of the Daughters of Saint Mary of Providence -- founded by Saint Luis Guanella -- last year.

In an interview with ACI Prensa, CNA's Spanish language sister agency, Sister Monica recalled that their mother told them the story of their consecration to Mary just a few years ago.


The twins were born January 15, 1974 in San Antonio Province in the Valparaiso Region of Chile.

They were struck with a severe case of pneumonia when they were about three months old. In critical condition at the hospital, doctors informed their parents "that a blood transfusion was the last thing they would do for us," the sister said.

Their mother -- who had lost her first child at the age of one due to a heart condition -- decided to consecrate the twins to the Virgin Mary, under her title of Nuestra Señora PurĂ­sima of Lo Vasquez (Our Lady Most Pure), a very well-known and beloved Marian title in Chile.

"My mom says that the only thing that came to her mind was to offer us to the Virgin and leave us in her hands. After that our recovery occurred," Sister Monica said.

"Maybe you can look at this as a simple coincidence, but now one of her children is a priest and the other a nun," she reflected.

Also notable, she added, is that Cristian "did his priestly formation in the seminary that is next to the Shrine of Nuestra Señora Purísima de Lo Vásquez," the same church where their mother had gone to beg for the recovery of her children.

Sister Monica said that her mother's offering "impacted me a lot and has made me think that the Lord took charge of taking me on this path, which... my parents also contributed to through prayer, Christian formation, and by themselves as a married couple."

Besides the Virgin Mary, the nun's vocation was also strongly tied to the person of Saint Joseph, patron of her congregation and whose solemnity coincides with the day she became a postulant, then a novice and also when she made her first vows.

While it is customary for a bishop to officiate the ceremony of final vows, Sister Monica was able to obtain permission for her twin brother to preside at the Mass.

Sister Monica considers her vocation "a gift and a miracle."

"It's something that has surpassed everything my mind can understand, it is a very particular grace that helps me say 'yes' every day."

This article was originally published by our sister agency, ACI Prensa. It has been translated and adapted by CNA.

Support FREE Catholic Education

---


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'


Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2018
Priests and their Pastoral Ministry.
That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.


Comments



More Vocations

Latest Vocation News

Write zero-tolerance into canon law says abuse survivor Watch

Image of

Canon law should be re-written to institute a global zero-tolerance policy against priests who commit sexual abuse, a clerical abuse ... continue reading


Global rosary for vocations happening now! Watch

Image of

Marian shrines in more than 50 countries throughout world will join in a 24-hour rosary initiative on Friday to intercede for and honor the ... continue reading


Prayer is the first part of missionary work Watch

Image of

Every Christian is called to be a missionary through prayer, working in collaboration with the Holy Spirit, who gives prayer efficacy, Pope ... continue reading


Vatican asks nuns: less social media, more contemplation Watch

Image of The Church encourages social media, but with sobriety and discretion, and in moderation.

The Vatican has asked nuns to spend less time on social media and more time in prayer and contemplation. The request follows consultation ... continue reading


Twins consecrated to the Virgin Mary both chose religious vocations Watch

Image of

As infants, Monica and Cristian Moya were hovering on the verge of death. But after their mother consecrated them to the Virgin Mary, they ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.