40TH JUBILLEE CELEBRATION
“The Lord is my strength, I thank HIM with all my heart”
On August 15, 2011, feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, our two sisters, Sr. Augustine Paderna, SDS and Sr. Geraldine Avila,SDS celebrated their 40th year of religious profession with the sisters in the Region. It was a momentous event not only for the 2 sisters but for all the Salvatorian sisters in the Philippines. We thank GOD for the gift of vocation of Sr. Gus and Sr. Gerald and their perseverance to a committed life with Jesus.
REGIONAL ANNUAL RETREAT 2011
The sisters had their annual retreat at the Divine Savior convent, New Manila, Quezon City from May 2-8, 2011. The theme was: "IT IS THE LORD!" It was taken from the passage of John’s Gospel: John 21:1-8. Lebanon Shelter was the venue for the conferences and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
Fr. Paulo Gamboa, OCD was this year’s retreat master. All the sisters were able to participate in this most –eagerly awaited spiritual journey which takes place only once a year. Fr. Paulo emphasized that only intimacy and knowledge of the Lord will help us recognize Him. That is why John was the only one among the disciples who was able to recognize the Lord when He appeared to them... “It is the LORD!”
Regional Assembly 2011
Unified Growth Towards Sustainability of our Salvatorian Life
This year’s Regional Assembly was doubly significant because of the presence of Sr. Therezinha Johanna Rasera, SDS, general superior, and one of the general councilors, Sr. Rani Fernanado, SDS.
The theme of the Regional Assembly 2011 was: Unified Growth Towards Sustainability of our Salvatorian Life and Mission. It was held at the Lebanon Shelter Conference Room, Divine Savior Convent New Manila, Quezon City on February 17-19, 2011.
Sr. Jane Marie’s 85th Birthday
Our dear Sr. Jane Marie had her 85th birthday celebration held at the Divine Savior convent in New Manila. Many of our friends and benefactors came to join in the celebration. Specially mentioned are the relatives of the celebrant. Her brothers, nieces and nephews came all the way from Anao in Tarlac. It was a wonderful evening to remember good old days for Sr. Jane Marie as she looked back at her life with gratitude. The Eucharistic celebration officiated by Fr. Christopher Kowalczyk, SDS was the highest point of the day’s flow. God has blessed our Sr. Jane Marie with another year. All the best, sister!
Generalate Visitation 2011
The entire Region was very happy to welcome the arrival of Sr. Therezinha Johanna Rasera, SDS, general superior, and one of her councilors, Sr. Rani Fernanado, SDS from the Generalate, Rome on February 2, 2011. They were fetched at the airport by Sr. Irma Caumeran, regional superior, and some sisters. The said visitation to the Philippine Region was held from February 2-20, 2011. This was the last official visitation made by the general superior to the Philippine Region during her term. The two Generalate visitators took time to visit all the communities and witness the apostolic involvement of the sisters. It was a moment of grace for every sister of the Region to be listened to by Sr. Therezinha and Sr. Rani. Each one was able to share her personal life experiences and apostolate to the visitators. Likewise, the sisters gained much from the great wisdom and rich experiences of our two sisters as they shared themselves so generously during the visitation. There was really no time for them to relax and rest! They left in the afternoon of February 20, 2011. Indeed, we all can say: God has blessed the region thru this visitation. Thank you, sisters!