Sister Nélida entered religious life from San Jerónimo parish in Andahuaylas (Peru). Her parents were good friends of the priests and nuns in her hometown, and growing up among them influenced her desire to be a Sister from an early age. She was greatly inspired in her vocation by Monseñor Enrique Pelach, and especially by the happiness of the young Sisters she knew. She had a deep desire to help those in need. At the young age of 15, she joined the Sisters of Divine Providence in Peru and ministered there for 11 years. In 1999, she moved to Kingston, Mass.