Colombia celebrates beatification of María Berenice Duque, foundress of three congregations
“In this, Mother María Berenice, beatified today, always had as a model the Virgin Mary of the Annunciation, to whom she dedicated the first of the three religious foundations: the Sisters of the Annunciation. She herself lived her everyday life in essentiality, considering herself a ‘little worm’ ‘trash,’ ‘nothing,’” the cardinal said.
Mother Maria Berenice searched “day after day, with difficulty, with suffering, overcoming many trials” how to respond to God, in the midst of contrasts and misunderstandings. But she had the “good example” of Mary, the cardinal remarked.
He also noted that the new blessed imitated the Virgin in charity toward the poor, who “were at the center of her existence and also, so that the poor could be ‘evangelized,’ she founded a religious family.”
“She had, in particular, a love for the poorest children, whom she considered the favorites of the Lord,” he recalled.
During the Mass, Semeraro read the apostolic letter in which Pope Francis declares the beatification.
The Archdiocese of Medellín said that afterward her relics were taken to the altar and placed there as a sign of veneration.