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Sister Eufrecina Briones

Sister Eufrecina is one of 600 Medical Mission Sisters in 17 nations trying to be present to others in the spirit of Jesus the Healer.

The oldest of five siblings, Sister Eufrecina grew up in a rural area in the Philippines. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Santo Tomas. She lived in the U.S. for two years under the Exchange Visitors Program, where she took post-graduate courses in Nursing Administration at De Paul University, and worked as a staff nurse at St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital in Chicago.

When Sister Eufrecina returned to the Philippines, she served as a clinical instructor at the University of Santo Tomas College of Nursing before joining our Community. She made First Vows in 1968, and studied at the Asian Pastoral Institute.

Sister Eufrecina’s first mission assignment, in 1972, was to Holy Family Hospital in Mandar, India, where she was the director of the school of nursing. In 1978, she went to Kurji Holy Family Hospital in Patna, India, where she coordinated the nursing school and nursing services for three years.

After she returned to the Philippines in late 1981, Sister Eufrecina became our Formation Coordinator for eight years. She then returned to teaching, serving as clinical instructor at the Ateneo de Zamboanga. In 2000 she moved to Antipolo City, where she became involved in ministry with the elderly.

From 2007 until last year, Sister Eufrecina was again our Formation Coordinator. She now lives in Capulaan, Villasis, where our Sisters have opened a Haven for Ecological and Alternative Living (HEAL), a center for learning, training and demonstrating an ecological and alternative way of life.

March 1, 2011