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Sister Maria Victoria chosen as Tucson vocation contact

Sister Maria Victoria chosen as Tucson vocation contact - (22-10-2014)

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PHOTO: Benedictine Sister of Perpetual Adoration Maria Victoria Cutaia, OSB was recently named the vocations contact for the congregation’s Tucson monastery.

(TUCSON, Ariz.) - Sister Maria Victoria Cutaia, OSB has been named the vocations contact for the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration’s community in Tucson, Arizona. She will also lead the monastery’s correspondence department, answering prayer requests and coordinating information shared with Tucson-area supporters. She will work in tandem with Sister Ruth Elaine Starman, OSB, the vocations director for the entire BSPA congregation.

Sister Maria Victoria was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and moved to the United States with her family when she was 3 years old. She worked in early childhood education before entering the Benedictine Sisters in 2007. She made her first monastic profession in 2010 and her final monastic profession in January 2014.

She recently was transferred from the Benedictine Sisters’ community in Clyde, Missouri, where she worked in the correspondence department answering prayer requests and as portress, greeting visitors and leading chapel tours. During her formation years, Sister Maria Victoria spent time at the Tucson Monastery. 

She speaks fluent Spanish and hopes to continue the approach of the community’s previous vocation liaison, Sister Lupita Barajas, OSB, who passed away in July.

“Sister Lupita had a special way of connecting and welcoming people,” Sister Maria Victoria said. “One of the things she used to tell me was ‘me casa, su casa’ (my home, your home), and I hope I can do the same.”

Among Sister Maria Victoria’s new duties will be coordinating local vocation-related events such as monastic experiences and weekend Come and See opportunities that invite women discerning a religious calling to experience life in the monastery without making a long-term commitment.

Sister Maria Victoria is excited about her new job duties and of their importance to the monastery and to surrounding Tucson community.

“It is an honor to journey with women who are discerning their own call to religious life,” she said. “I will also work diligently to reassure people that we are always praying for them.”

For more information, please contact Sister Maria Victoria at (520) 325-6401.