"I don’t know whether you were aware that in the basement of the school, people from the PSOE (Socialist Party of Spain), the United Left, from Ponferrada and Bembibre came to meet as an underground group…If caught, our school could have been closed."- Yolanda Busto Gomez
The Vatican II Council Decree on the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life, Perfectae Caritatis, focused on religious renewal in light of the original spirit of the Congregation. In response to this decree, the congregation returned to the intentionality of the founder Nicolas Barré, and the theological and intellectual influences of Barré would impact the process of renewal in the Sisters’ apostolate in the twentieth century.
Given the transnational character of their congregation, and having their novitiate situated in Paris, the Sisters were also exposed to developments across the world.
"Sí, yo me acuerdo que en aquel tiempo traían al grupo Quilapayum, los chicos que estaban estudiando en la universidad, porque era clandestino, no se podían escuchar en España, y lo traían grabado y yo tenía veintitantos años… Yo me eduqué con los jóvenes de Bembibre pero en ese intercambio… Y trajimos gente de América y dimos conferencias aquí y dimos conferencias con chicos aquí, con los jóvenes de Bembibre. E hicimos una manifestación sobre la paz. En la Casa de la Cultura (la vieja) nos juntábamos con los gemelos, Maruja… Yo recuerdo de traer y que me pasaban las canciones de Quilapayum y se las ponía a las internas. De las primeras cosas que organizamos fue sobre la teología de la liberación con los jóvenes."
"Yes, I remember that at that time the young people who study at the university brought recordings of Quillapayum [Chilean Group singing left wing folk] ; it was underground , the Group could not be listen to in Spain. The students brought tape recordings and I was twenty something. I educated myself with the young people of Bembibre through that exchange. .. And we brought people from America and we organize seminaries with the young people from Bembibre. ..And we had a peace demonstration. In the old Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture) we me met with the twins, Maruja… I remember that I was given songs from the Quillapayum and I played them for the girls who were boarding. One of the first things that we organize for the young people was on liberation theology."