College Graduates


Congratulations to the Hogar’s first college graduate!


Rolando Torres entered the Hogar Rafael Ayau on January 6th, 2003 on the Feast of Theophany. He traveled to Moscow, Russia in July 2009 with a scholarship to study Russian language and Psychology at the People's Friendship University of Russia (www.rudn.ru). He graduated with a BS in Psychology on June 23, 2014 on the Prefeast of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. He recently returned to Guatemala. Below is Rolando’s letter of thanks to all the donor’s who made graduating from college a reality for him.

Read a reflection on his experience here (translated by Mother Ivonne).


Congratulations to Reina Marroquinn, our second college graduate!


This year, 2015, has entered as one of ht happiest in my life history, for reaching one of my main goals and dreams."MY GRADUATION". This would have not been possible with out the opportunity that the Russian University of the Peoples Friendship in Moscow, Russia has given me: the Foundation, Friends of the Hogar Rafael Ayau and without any doubt the NUNS of the Hogar, who not only have supported me economically but also emotionally and spiritually.

It is with great joy that I thank all that have allowed this dream to happen. THANK YOU University, Hogar Rafael Ayau, Mother Ines, Mother Maria, Mother Ivonne, Jorge Sommerkamp, all the staff and my little brothers and sisters.

I have no words to thank the great joy you all have given me, all I can say is: THANK YOU VERY MUCH!