On 7th July, the Salesian Family remembers a sister of the Daughters of Our Lady Help of Christians, who was born in Nicaragua and carried out her mission with the poor in Costa Rica.
Blessed Mary Romero Meneses was a contemplative in action in the mould of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello: a valued spiritual director and writer, who took a practical approach to alleviating the suffering of the people arond her, especially the young. She built proper homes for the homeless, organised volunteers to help families living in dire conditions, and built a church in Saint José to encourage the Salesian devotion to Our Lady Help of Christians.
Because of her work for the people of Costa Rica, the government made her an honorary citizen. She died in 1977, and was beatified in 2002.