Sister Miriam Oliveros, O.P.
Sister Miriam was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala. She lived with her family, attending Miraculous Medal Elementary School and Sacred Heart Secondary School there. “What I really treasure from my childhood are the evenings when my father, mom and the five of us children sat around the dining table to play games like Chinese Checkers, it was so much fun. I could feel the love among us.”
She went on to attend Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala. In January 1970 Sister Miriam entered the convent in Zacapa, where the Mission was established in 1966. “Community life inspired me to enter the convent. When the Dominican Sisters of Houston came to Guatemala from Zacapa, I went from the city to live with them and four other teachers. I taught in the Parish School where they were. I loved to get up early and pray with the sisters, go to Mass everyday and teach the little ones. They were happy.”
Over her 44 years as a Dominican she has done many things. Sister Miriam has taught at Maria Inmaculada in Zacapa. She was the religion teacher at the public schools, Panamericana and Estado de Israel. She did parish work at San Francisco de Asis and taught kindergarten at Colegio Belen. From 1974-1978, Sister Miriam spent four years in Houston where she taught kindergarten at St. Christopher Catholic School. After returning to Guatemala she taught kindergarten at ProgramaEducativo Santo Domingo. Later she was asked to serve as principal of San Vincente de Paul Bethania.
In 1995 Sister Miriam took sabbatical year at Aquinas Institute of Theology in
St. Louis, Missouri. Sister Miriam also earned a degree in family counseling from Centro Integral de Orientación Familiar Arquidiocesano in Guatemala.
One of her most memorable experiences was when she worked in San Francisco. “I worked at St. Francisco de Asis Parish when the neighborhood had only sixty Asisfamilies. The priest started celebrating the Sunday Mass in the homes. My job was to get the houses ready for the Mass, prepare everything. My friend and I did the music. It was a lot of work, but I enjoyed it. It was a good experience.”
Sister Miriam is currently living in Guatemala. She is serving as the Head Director and Family Counselor at San Vicente de Paul in Guatemala. In her spare time she reads, enjoys jigsaw puzzles and cross stitch. When asked what she enjoys most about being a Dominican Sister she said, “Community life. I love it.”
From notes submitted by Sister Miriam Oliveros, O.P. June 2014.