Adriana A. Aguilar was alone when she moved to her new home in the southwest Arkansas town of Nashville.
The 27-year-old had left her grandmother’s home where she lived with her cousins in Laredo, Texas, and moved to Nashville for her new job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a farm loan officer. When she arrived in Nashville in September 2017, she was looking for some place she could call home and she found it at St. Martin Church.
“At home I was always in the choir. Getting more involved was my way of getting closer to home,” Aguilar said. “I didn’t know anybody. This was a way for me to get out and meet people. The church was a way for me to find another part of home for me.”
Instead of just being one of the 175 members of St. Martin Parish, she became active and an integral part of the church operations. Aguilar is the secretary, catechism and RCIA teacher, coordinates parish council meetings, public relations and fundraising and interprets for St. Martin.
She met her husband, Alvin Torres, while working one of the many church projects and they grew closer, began to date and then were married.
“I met my husband at church. We have been married a year and our son will be a year old in September,” Aguilar said.
St. Martin’s current major project is to raise money to expand the classroom space at the church. Aguilar said through different events they have raised almost $60,000 of the $80,000 needed to build an annex to the original church. They have raised money through the sale of food, volleyball tournaments, raffles and other fundraising projects.
Aguilar has also said she organized Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration and procession, posadas, a Hispanic Christmas tradition of celebration nine days before Christmas, and live Stations of the Cross within the community.
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