Offering possibilities of new life

About

I was born in Manila.  After my studies, I worked in four companies, the last one was SAS/Thai Airways. I was already looking forward to my travels to other countries as part of the company benefits when I realized that I was no longer satisfied with my work because something was missing in my life.  One day while traveling to Baguio to attend my friend’s wedding, I suddenly felt God’s call for me to share His great  love and many blessings in my life to others who are in need.  To my surprise when I arrived in Baguio, my friend brought me to the Good Shepherd Sisters’ convent because her aunt is a Good Shepherd Sister, Sr Clemencia Flora. I felt my heart leapt for joy upon seeing the convent and listening to Sr Clemencia’s  sharing about her mission with the Indigenous people. 

In Good Shepherd

This started the process of my searching for the congregation I wanted to join, in spite of the strong opposition from my family.  During my exposure to one of the Good Shepherd residences, I had a particular experience of helping a girl who was epileptic and very negative in her outlook.  It gave me much joy to be able to draw out the positive in her as she smilingly then exclaimed ‘I feel like a new-born child!’ At those words I felt that I was in the right congregation, and that this is the mission I am being called to:  to offer possibilities of newness of life, especially to the most marginalized, to those who feel unwanted and unloved.

The Challenges

I made my temporary profession on May 31, 1982 and final profession on June 11, 1988. Throughout these years, I was assigned to various ministries: as group mother to girls and women in a crisis intervention residence, pastoral  worker in a Muslim area in Mindanao, teacher-guidance counselor in our school, local leader in our home for single mothers and babies for adoption, project directress in an outreach program to poor families providing educational assistance to the children and holistic formation to their families, and formation work in the different levels -  vocation promotion, pre-novitiate and novitiate. I am deeply grateful to God for the many ways He has touched and blessed me in my encounters with people and events enabling me to become His instrument in giving life to His flock.

The Inspiration

At present I am part of the Province Leadership Team in charge of Formation, and also a member of the Asia-Pacific Formation Core Team.  For me, the challenge is to make our religious formation holistic and relevant to the needs of the Mission in today’s realities, and to strive always to live by the words of St Mary Euphrasia:   ‘The glory of God and the salvation of souls, this is my life!’

 

Projects

Asia Pacific Formation Team meets in Singapore 2017

Asia Pacific Formation Team meets in Singapore 2017

Asia Pacific Formation Team met to finalize the programme “Transformational Leadership for Mission Now and into the Future” for local leaders and potential future leaders

Historic meeting of Asia Pacific Teams, in Sri Lanka

Historic meeting of Asia Pacific Teams, in Sri Lanka

In response to the Congregational Directive, the Asia Pacific Circle organized a dialogue to develop clear strategic plans integrating Spirituality, Justice and Peace with best ministry practices

Session for Formation and Partnership

Session for Formation and Partnership

Historic first Formation and Partnership Session in Asia Pacific creates a distinct shift in the understanding of Partnership for Mission

Report from the Asia Pacific Partnership Team

Report from the Asia Pacific Partnership Team

Comprehensive overview from the GSAPP team - how Good Shepherd Partnership for Mission is developing in this region