Sister Jean is one of 600 Medical Mission Sisters and 80 Associates in 17 nations trying to be present to others in the spirit of Jesus the Healer.
A native of the Philippines, Sister Jean earned her B.S. degree in Commerce (Accounting) from the Colegio de San Agustin de Bacolod in 1984. She then served for six years as a community organizer with the sugar cane workers on Negros Island, her birthplace, before entering our Community at age 27.
Sister Jean’s first mission assignment was in the Prelature of Ipil, Zamboanga del Sur, where she journeyed with young people, farmers, and community health workers. In 1998, when she visited St. Therese’s Hospital in Mirpurkhas, Pakistan, she felt a strong wish to minister in Pakistan. She returned to the Philippines, made Final Vows, and spent several years in Bongao in mission.
In 2006, Sister Jean became part of our new international community in Lahore, Pakistan – a large city of about 10 million people. “We found ourselves trusting only in God’s Providence,” says Sister Jean of their first months. “Meeting and making connections with different people and feeling the tensions of the political/religious conflicts were opportunities to hold on only to God. Amidst our struggles, we took strength and inspiration from our love and support for each other…and the care, thoughtfulness, and encouragement of our new-found friends.”
When floods devastated much of Pakistan in 2010, Sister Jean was involved with relief efforts. She also coordinates the youth ministry, and is active with a Filipino Community in Lahore. At Christmastime, they gather gifts together for children in need. She shares, “Last year, some members of the Filipino Community were challenged to save more for next year because they were touched by the situation of the Special Children. So the activity became a venue for mutual growth and joy.”
Sister Jean also works as an administrative assistant in the seminary, and serves as our district treasurer.
July 1, 2011