Sister Carmen’s contact with the Columban Sisters began at a very early age. Her home parish is Our Lady of Guadalupe ( Hammel St.) in Los Angeles, California where the Columban Sisters formally administered the parish school. Carmen’s parents were very involved in parish life and Carmen and her four brothers followed their example.
Carmen attended Bishop Conaty Catholic Girls’ High School, and later completed her B.A. degree at the Chalon campus of Mount St. Mary’s College.
Following three years teaching she joined the Columban Sisters and moved to Silver Creek New York as a postulant. Her Novitiate formation was in Boston. On Pentecost Sunday in 1985 she made her First Profession of Vows and was assigned to Chile.
Since then Carmen has spent most of her missionary religious life in Chile in the shanty towns, where our Sisters live among the poor working in a variety of ministries with a particular emphasis on faith formation of families and of young people. In 1997 Carmen returned home to the United States for Graduate studies in Theology in Boston After which she returned to our mission in Chile again. Since September 2005 she has been assigned in the U.S.