When was the last time you had fun?
Day of Consecrated Life, celebrated at the Church of St Mary of the Angels on Feb 2, 2014. Seeing all the other Religious congregations, I felt united with them and felt that we are heading in the same direction – for the Church, for the people – though we all are in different mission fields.
What do you like best about being a Religious/consecrated person?
Having more time to pray in order to serve God and His people.
What has sustained your life as a Religious, especially in the face of challenges/changes?
Prayer, especially adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
What was one of the biggest challenges you have faced as a Religious and how did you deal with it?
To start a new mission is the biggest challenge among all. By surrendering all the purposes/goals/missions in the hand of God.
How would you make vocations attractive to the youth today?
By being a living witness of the Gospel.
What aspect of Religious life has brought you most joy?
Good relationship in the community and the success of the mission.
How would you summarise your life today as a Religious/consecrated person?
I am serving God with gladness and joy.
What are the usual distractions during your prayer time? What do you do about them?
Worries about my work distract me. I pray for the people in my work individually and put them in the hands of God.
Pope Francis calls for a Church for the poor, by the poor. How do you live that in your vocation?
I am poor (but I am happy), I am with the poor (striving to understand their problems and empathise with them) and I am all for the poor (I will try my best to help by all means).
What is the Lord calling you to do/be in this period of your life as a Religious?
I feel that God has prepared me for this ministry since I was in the Philippines for my formation. He has enabled me to be strong in order to face the challenges in Singapore and Malaysia, where I am now serving.
Our charism is educating children, caring for the sick and other works of charity. Currently, we are ministering to Myanmar migrants based in Singapore and Johor-Melaka under the Good Shepherd Sisters.
Myanmar Sr Maria Goretti
Sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition