Friday, September 18, 2009

New Voices in the Church: Maricarmen Bracamontes Ayón, O.S.B.

She studied medicine, joined the Benedictines, and is now working on her doctorate in theology. Sounds familiar but no, this is not another article about Sr. Teresa Forcades i Vila.

Sr. Maricarmen Bracamontes Ayón, OSB joined a Benedictine community in Mexico City in 1980 after completing studies in General Medicine. She professed her final vows 25 years ago in March. In 1992 she formed part of a new foundation that transplanted the Benedictine charism to Torreon, Coahuila, a semi-desert region in north central Mexico, where she lives with her monastic community in Pan de Vida Monastery. There she helped found CEDIMSE (Centro de Desarrollo Integral de las Mujeres, Santa Escolástica); and continues to give workshops and classes in Social Analysis and Biblical Spirituality with a gender perspective. Maricarmen also works in an advisory capacity with many Mexican religious institutes.

Maricarmen completed her Licentiate in Theology at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. At present she is a doctoral candidate in the DMin program as a Bernardin Scholar at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She has been a member of the Theological Reflection Team (ERT) for the Conferencia De Superiores Mayores De Religiosos De México since 2003, as well as a theological advisor for the Confederación Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Religiosos/as (CLAR) (Latin American and Carribean Conference of Religious) since 2006. In 2002 and 2008 she made presentations in Gatherings of Women Theologians from Latin America and Germany. In August 2008 she participated in the IV International Theological Congress in Medellin, Colombia on the Situation of Theology in Latin America on the 40th Anniversary of the Latin American Bishop’s Meeting in Medellin.

Online Articles:


  • Jesús de Nazaret y las Mujeres de su Tiempo (2005)
  • Mujeres y Derechos Humanos: Aportes Sociales y Eclesiales (co-authored with Patricia Henry, OSB, 1998/2001)
  • Algunas Reflexiones sobre el Jubileo de las Mujeres (co-authored with Patricia Henry, OSB, 2000)

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