The first group of Lay Sons and Daughters of Saint María Soledad in the Province of the United States began in our Community in Puebla on March 15, 2006. It was a small group who desired to participate in the spirituality and charism proper to the Servants of Mary, Ministers to the Sick. After having received the appropriate formation in the knowledge and spirit of our holy Mother Soledad and of the mission of the diligent and gratuitous car of the sick entrusted to us by the Church, Fátima Hernández, Angélica Martínez, Blanca Martínez, Leonor Cervantes, Patricia Romero and Verónica Hernández made their commitments during a para-liturgy on November 14. Mother Alfonsa Bellido, then Provincial Superior, was present to welcome the first Lay Sons and Daughters of Saint María Soledad. In 2007 Sister Martha Alicia Guzmán was named as the Coordinating Sister for the group and is in charge of their ongoing formation. This group began participating in our liturgical feasts of the Congregation, holding weekly meetings, monthly retreats and little by little became involved in our apostolate with the sick by visiting them and offering them a few hours of their time according to each one’s possibilities.
On May 5, 2010 a group was formed of men and women volunteers full of enthusiasm to help their sick brothers and sisters by offering them their service and their time. This group began when Mother Enedina Rodríguez, Superior of the Community, was invited to a meeting to present our charism and ask for their support to bring about the opening of the dispensary clinic in this Community. Sister Virginia Fernández made the presentation, and all in attendance were filled with great admiration for our charism and the gratuitous work of caring for the sick; when Sister Virginia saw their enthusiasm and admiration for our mission, she invited them to form a volunteer group, and 8 persons accepted the invitation. They received their formation in weekly meetings and retreats and have gradually begun to care for the sick under the supervision of the Coordinating Sister, Sister Virginia Fernández.
On August 15, 2010, Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven and the 159th Anniversary of the foundation of our Institute, the Lay Sons and Daughters of Saint María Soledad made their consecration to Mary.
Once the Fraternity of Lay Sons and Daughters of Saint María Soledad was approved, 14 members made their official commitment during a para-liturgy on August 14, 2011, spiritually united to the other groups throughout the Congregation.