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Francis

Francis

Francis grew up as a shoe shine boy in a barrio with no running water or electricity. He was one of nine brothers and sisters. Francis met Sister Catherine outside of church one day and introduced himself saying, "I speak English". He then started earning pocket money by translating for the US and Canadian groups that traveled to the DR to conduct dental and medical clinics. Frances now owns a successful computer, English and technical training school in Bani, DR. He has seen to it that each of his brothers and sisters completed their high school education.

Estella

Estella

Estella was one of the first graduates from a course for healthcare workers that Sister Catherine gave in a rural village outside of Bani in 1970. Estella then became the resident nurse for the rural village that she grew up in. She also participated with Sister Catherine as a radio school teacher in the small villages within Bani. She taught math to 7th & 8th graders. After this experience she began to work with Sister Catherine in the areas of women's rights, education and faith. Sister Catherine's unfaltering energy gives inspiration to Estella to continue her community social work. Estella, a survivor of a brain tumor and open heart surgery, continues her work in the La Saona community.

Maribel

Maribel

Maribel was a single mother who sought out services for her malnourished child, Esmirna. She attended the center everyday with Esmirna to learn as much as she could about proper nutrition. Sister Catherine witnessed her incredible commitment and potential as a leader. Maribel was recruited as a substitute childcare worker at the center. Although she was never able to gain a formal education, Maribel has worked for the Elizabeth Seton Center for two decades, and currently manages the morning staff and nutrition services.