Sister Francisca Mota, CCV (1.29.1924 – 5.29.2021)
Sister Francisca Mota was born in a small town in Huesca, Spain. Her early life was deeply marked by 2 realities of her family. First and foremost, a Christian faith and trust in God were gifts given to her in baptism, and second, the early years of her life were affected by the Spanish civil war. These experiences formed her into a strong, creative, generous, joyful, and kind woman who gave her adult life to the service of others.
In 1949, Francisca entered the novitiate of the Carmelite Sisters of Vedruna in Valencia, Spain. She taught for a few years and then was sent to England to study and learn English, with her final destination being California. Francisca, along with 8 other sisters, arrived in Castro Valley in 1955, staffing a grade school in a local parish community.
In 1978, the numbers of Spanish-speaking immigrants were increasing on the East Coast of the United States. The Archdiocese of Washington was in need of bilingual religious to attend to the families and youth who were coming from poverty and civil war. The Carmelite Sisters of Vedruna left California and came to Washington, D.C. to respond to those needs. Sister Francisca was involved in pastoral work at many levels throughout the Archdiocese and in numerous parishes. In the late 1990s, she joined the Vedruna community in Georgetown, Delaware. She worked in pastoral care with the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington’s Hispanic Ministry Team among Guatemalan immigrants for many years. Sister Francisca also faithfully served as a board member of La Esperanza during her years in Delaware.
In 2006, Sister Francisca moved back to Washington D.C. to write the history of the Carmelites Sisters of Vedruna in the Americas. She lived her recent years in Washington D.C. During the year of the COVID virus, she was in the residence of the Little Sisters of the Poor where she passed away on May 29, 2021. She was 97 years.