Today, we witness another Silver and Golden Jubilee Celebration in the history of our Congregation----another shining moment in our consecrated life! We join our nine (9) Silver Jubilarians and our two (2) Golden Jubilarians, in their joy and gratitude, for, indeed, there is REASON to celebrate! 25 years / 50 years of self-offering to a God and His mission is truly a beautiful and powerful gift of love for our Congregation, for the Church, and for the world.
With joy, we introduce to you our Sisters-Jubilarian! 1) S. MARIA JULIET FERNANDEZ CENAS, RVM is from Pindasan, Mabini, Davao del Norte. After a fulfilling mission experience as Pastoral Worker in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Sister Juliet responded to God’s call for overseas mission, particularly in Ghana, West Africa---with joy, courage, and commitment! Living faithfully the missionary spirit of our Mother Foundress, Venerable Ignacia del Espiritu Santo, Sister Juliet has spent 17 years of her religious life in Ghana to share God’s love with the Ghanaians in the context of mission realities, culture and faith. Today, as she celebrates 25 years in religious life, Sister Juliet claims that she is TRULY a missionary like “an oil lamp” that continues to burn with love for God and His people. After this celebration, Sister Juliet will go back to Goaso, Ghana, West Africa where she is presently assigned as Headmistress and Local Econome of Mother Ignacia Voc/Tech School, with deepened Ignacian missionary spirit and strong passion for God’s mission. 2) S. PAULETTE MARIA GORETTI ADWOR TORSHI ANKRAH, RVM hails from Accra, Ghana, West Africa. Her generous response to God’s call, 25 years ago, makes her ever grateful today for a life of tremendous graces and blessings; of deep passion and zeal for the mission of Christ wherever she is or was assigned---- be it in the jurisdictions of Southern Mindanao or Luzon or in the District of Ghana. Finding much fulfillment in all her mission assignments, Sister Paulette has been a Council Member, a Formator, a Vocation Coordinator and Mother Ignacia Society Coordinator of Ghana District. “Take Lord, receive…give me only your love and your grace, that’s enough for me…” is Sister Paulette’s constant prayer in her life and mission. After her Jubilee, she goes back to Goaso, Ghana, where she expresses her vibrant apostolic service as Servant-Leader of the RVM Convent, Vocation Coordinator of the District and Headmistress of Mother Ignacia School. 3) S. MARIA LUISA BUNGABONG GALACIO, RVM comes from Alburquerque, Bohol. Reaching her 25th year as a Religious of the Virgin Mary, Sister Malou marvels, in awe and wonder, at all the blessings she has received all through the years! Indeed, her heart sings today: “How shall I make a return to the Lord, for all the good He has done for me…!” With Mother Ignacia as her constant inspiration, Sister Malou continues to do God’s will, in loving service, wherever she is assigned. All her religious life she has been involved in the education ministry as Christian Living Teacher, MIC Moderator and Local Econome of school communities, mostly in the Region of Luzon. Finding so much meaning in her present mission assignment through “responsible stewardship”, Sister Malou is currently the Finance Officer of St. Mary’s College, Boac, Marinduque. 4) S. MARIA LORINA ALBERTO JUMAWAN, RVM is from Zamboanga City. Inspired by Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo’s openness to God’s will, Sister Lorina responded generously, throughout her 25 years in religious life, to God’s invitation for service in various capacities as Administrator, Servant-leader and Formator. In all these opportunities, for her, mission is life-giving, challenging and fulfilling! Indeed, Sister Lorina gives her ALL to God’s mission, ALWAYS with joyful hope and disposition---- “not sadly, not grudgingly… for God, indeed, loves a cheerful giver.” At this point of her life, Sister Lorina is called to venture into a new path of mission, in humble obedience to God’s will and in faithful living of Mother Ignacia’s legacy of humble servanthood. At present, she is the Jurisdictional Superior of the Region of Northern Mindanao---faithful to our Ignacian leadership towards spiritual vitality and apostolic service! 5) S. MARIA VIRGINIA VIDAL ADUBAL, RVM is from Patrocinio, Claveria, Misamis Oriental. Describing her 25-years in religious life as grace-filled and fulfilling, Sister Virgie has spent most of her religious life in the Education Ministry of Southern Mindanao Province as Servant-Leader and Administrator. Constantly inspired by God’s Word: “You did not choose me, but I chose you…” she continues to offer her total commitment and apostolic service in the different communities and ministries of Southern Mindanao---with more vibrancy, creativity, and constancy! At present, Sister Virgie is the Basic Education Principal of Holy Cross of Bansalan College, Bansalan, Davao del Sur. 6) S. MARIA NORMA LEPALAM ERMAC, RVM is from Bogo, Cebu. All throughout her 25 years of consecrated life, Sister Norma has hold on to God’s comforting words: “Do not be afraid…I am with you!” Indeed, her first assignment in the remote and critical area of Oras, Eastern Samar was never threatening, but fulfilling—an experience that made her grow more in deep faith in a God who promises her, until today, an “everlasting love and care.” Assigned mostly in the school communities of the Visayas Region as Christian Living Teacher and Econome, Sister Norma has given life to our spirituality of humble servanthood, through her silent ways. At present, she involves herself in the school community of St. Mary’s Academy of Kidapawan, North Coabato, with her contemplative presence and loving service as Local Econome. 7) S. MARIA TERESITA PASTORIZA ASPRIL, RVM is from Bayugan, Agusan del Sur. Assured by God’s promise “And know that I am with you always, until the end of time…” Sister Terry responded generously to God’s call for overseas mission in Ghana, West Africa in 2011. Before this, however, she was assigned in the different jurisdictions as Local & Regional Econome and as Auditor and Finance Revisor of our Congregation. As a Silver Jubilarian, Sister Terry proclaims that she is truly and greatly blessed and loved by God! This makes her vow, more than ever, to remain faithful and constant in God’s service as an overseas missionary, in the spirit of humble servanthood. At present, she is the Servant-Leader of the RVM Formation House in Abuom, Ghana, and the Directress of Postulants and Novices. Added to this, she serves the RVM communities and ministries of Ghana as District Econome and Auditor. 8) S. MARIA LEONILA ANTONE CELESTIAL, RVM hails from Badian, Cebu. Sister Nelly spent most of her mission years in the Generalate Area, as Secretariat & Econome Staff, and as Local Econome of several communities, like San Carlos Seminary, ICLH Dormitory and St. Mary’s Pre-Novitiate. However, open to respond to any call for mission, she blazed a new trail in the Education Ministry of the Visayas Region, particularly in the school communities of Oslob and Tuburan, Cebu, where she found her mission most fulfilling. In all her life and ministry, Sister Nelly finds much solace and confidence in God’s abiding words: “By name I have called you…” and in “What is man that you should care for him?” From here, she goes back to her community, St. Mary’s Academy of San Nicolas, Cebu City, to continue her mission with joy, creativity and vibrancy! 9) S. MARIA GLORIA OROPESA BERMUDEZ, RVM comes from Majayjay, Laguna. Today, Sister Glo sings, in her heart, her own magnificat of proclaiming God’s goodness in her 25 years of consecrated life. Indeed, God has favored her with the gift of vocation that she has faithfully lived out in the service of God’s people in almost all the jurisdictions in the country and in the District of Italy. Most of her mission years was spent in Southern Mindanao Province, where she was assigned in various capacities as Administrator, Campus Ministry Coordinator, Secretary to the Bishop, and as an Econome. Always grateful for every call to God’s mission, Sister Glo finds her being assigned in the Campus Ministry of the Non-Sectarian Colleges of the Archdioceses of Davao and Manila as the most challenging, yet fulfilling mission. At 25, Sister Glo continues to serve, with joy and dynamism, as Treasurer of Our Lady of Fatima Academy, Davao City. 10) S. MARIA RAQUEL ARCE REODICA, RVM hails from Luisiana, Laguna. Deeply rooted in God’s love and responding to His call for a special mission, Sister Raquel has spent, more than half of her 50 years of consecrated life, at the Mother Ignacia Healing Center in Bagumbong, Caloocan City----praying, evangelizing and healing the sick from all walks of life, coming from different places: both near and far. With grateful heart, she proclaims God’s goodness and mercy upon her for the past 50 years Assured always by God’s promise: “I will be with you until the end of time…” Sister Raquel continues her mission, as healer and evangelizer at the Mother Ignacia Healing Center, with a prayer: “that the RVM, as a religious Congregation, continue its task of spreading the Gospel message of love and healing, until the end of ages.” 11) S. MARIA ELPIDIA JOVELLANO ALBORES, RVM is from Parang, Maguindanao. For Sister Elpidia, celebrating 50 years in religious life today means a lifetime of joy, gratitude and fulfillment! A true witness to Jesus, in His compassionate love for the poor and the suffering, Sister Elpidia has always been assigned in Northern Mindanao Region as Regional Coordinator of Social Ministry and Family and Life. However, in her younger days, she had been on mission to Nepal and in other RVM communities. Indeed, “what profit a man if he gains the whole world and in the end loses it?” At 50 years, constantly challenged by these words, Sister Elpidia continues her mission in Notre Dame of Makilala, North Cotabato---full of life for apostolic service.