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Pamela, Brenda and Carolina Rosales: The Nurturers

Fort Smith sisters spend their time teaching new Catholics in RCIA program

Published: July 31, 2020   
Cecilia Garcia
Brenda (left), Carolina and Pamela Rosales participate in the RCIA program at Immaculate Conception Church in Fort Smith.

Pamela, Brenda and Carolina Rosales, members of Immaculate Conception Church in Fort Smith, were nurtured in their faith by their parents.

“Through our parents’ actions of service and leadership in the parish and diocese, we have been inspired to become active in our Catholic faith,” Pamela, 26, a first-year medical student at UAMS, said. “We have traveled all over the state and southern United States to attend retreats and Catholic conferences as a family. We all serve in one way or another in Sunday Mass, some of us attend daily Mass and pray the rosary together every night.”

Along with Brenda, 23, who is pursuing a master’s degree in cytotechnology at UAMS, and Carolina, 21, a senior business major at University of Arkansas Fort Smith, they volunteer with the parish RCIA program.

For the past year, Pamela has been a Eucharistic minister. She enjoys working with confirmation students and teaching religious education. Brenda, who is also a catechist, lectors at the Spanish Mass and participates in the “Danza Tonantzin,” a dance group dedicated to honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe.

“Nothing can beat beginning our day by receiving the body of Christ and seeking him first thing every morning,” Brenda said. “In every homily, we listen to Jesus’ teachings and applicable ways to share and live our faith.”

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