The United States has been celebrating Constitution Day, or Citizenship Day, since 2005. It honors the signing of the United States Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787.

As part of this year’s celebration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) held 260 naturalization ceremonies in different parts of the country, with a total of 45,000 lawful permanent residents becoming United States citizens.

Ninety-nine people from 42 different countries of origin became citizens at a naturalization ceremony held at Miami University Hamilton. One person in the ceremony, Silvia Delgado Trokan from Peru, has had a long and fruitful history with the Comboni Missionaries.

In the 1990s, she worked at the Provincial House in Lima as she furthered her education. In 2001, the Comboni Missionaries sponsored her and assisted her in coming to the United States where she continued her studies. She received a scholarship from the Sisters of Charity and went on to earn her BA and MA from the College of Mount St. Joseph (now a university). Today she is a teacher, wife, and mother.

Congratulations, Silvia! Thank you for sharing your gifts, your warm personality, and your friendship with us.

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