Empowering Women in Punta Gorda

Posted by Spalding Hurst

March 5, 2024

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Sister Higinia Bol serves as a Pastoral Associate at St. Peter Claver Parish in Punta Gorda, overseeing a ministry that extends to 32 remote villages in the Toledo District. Her focus is clear: empowering women to take on leadership roles within the church.

With a passion for nurturing Christian leadership, Sister Higinia diligently trains women in these communities to preach the Word. She conducts training sessions, traveling from village to village, ensuring each participant is equipped with the necessary skills and confidence.

This year, Sister Higinia, alongside her colleague Teresa Kukul, leads a six-week Lenten Retreat for 10 women from four villages. The retreat focuses on prayer, reflection, and sharing, fostering a deeper connection to faith and community.

Sister Higinia’s dedication is evident in the simplicity, compassion, and courage exhibited by those she guides. Her work serves as a testament to the power of empowering women within the church, creating a ripple effect of positive change throughout the community. The depth of their faith is exhibited in their simplicity, compassion, and courage.

Story submitted by Sangeeta Ayithamattam, SCN


  1. Ann Palatty

    When we are talking about claiming our space as women in the Church, your efforts are absolutely praiseworthy, Higinia. Congratulations and best wishes.

  2. Betty Blandfordscn

    Thank you ,Higinia! You are making a big difference in Belize and therefore in the Church. God called back to Belize for a special mission. You do the SCNs proud🔥

  3. Maria Brocato

    This is so inspiring, Higinia. May your ministry with the good women of Punta Gordy be blessed!

  4. Brenda Gonzales

    Keep up the good work Higinia and all the women who are being empowered.

  5. Lix Field

    Such inspiration, Higinia! Thank you for your leadership, faith and dedication to training women to be leaders in their communities! Small efforts ripple out to surprisingly positive results when Jesus is the power behind the work. Obviously, the Word in behind your words! God bless you!

    • Carlette Gentle

      So good to hear about your wonderful work So proud of you my sis and all you are doing for the people of Punta Gorda especially the women.

  6. Maggie Cooper

    Wow! Higinia, so glad to hear the inspiring story of the retreat and the good things you do day by day!
    Sangeeta, hope you are enjoying your time there in PG!! Thanks for sharing Higinia’s story!!!!! It was wonderful!


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