Lieta (Blanca) Betoño (1951 -2002) is considered a pioneer of the Focolare Movement in Ireland. As a twenty year old, she wrote “I only want to give joy to others”
– a quality confirmed by the name by which she then became known – Lieta – meaning happy or joyful. “I live so as to be a cause of joy for the people I meet,”
she wrote years later, just weeks before her death.
Lieta said a radical, definitive ‘yes’ to God as a teenager which never wavered even in the face of great suffering. A divine adventure brought her from Argentina to Ireland, where she lived for thirty years, sowing love, peace and joy among the people she met. This is her story.
Author: Susan Gately