“In 1996, during a General Assembly of the Institute, there was a lot of talk about our mission and how the Church was beginning to speak of interreligious dialogue as the first part of Evangelization,” she recalls in the report.
At the end of the Assembly, the leadership of the Missionary Institute resolved to send some of its members to serve “in a completely non-Christian country in order to achieve the objective of interreligious dialogue,” Sr. Angeles further recalls and adds that she was among the three Nuns who volunteered to pioneer the mission in Morocco.
They reached out to the then Archbishop of Tangiers, the late Spanish-born José Antonio Peteiro Freire, OFM, who offered them a place to start their mission in the Northern city of Tetouan, where they stayed for three years before some of the community members moved to the town of Taza, in the Eastern part of the country.
According to Sr. Angeles, it is in Taza, a Muslim town of 150,000 inhabitants where they “discovered how interreligious dialogue with Muslims is experienced.”
“Even if we find ourselves in a totally Muslim environment, we are able to give our Christian witness by starting from friendship and closeness, two values to which we attach great importance and which we try to put into practice,” she says of their experience in Morocco.