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Sister Maria Emma Panizales

Sister Emma is one of 625 Medical Mission Sisters in 17 nations trying to be present to others in the spirit of Jesus the Healer.

A native of Cotabato City in the Philippines, Sister Emma joined our Community the early 1970s in the midst of the Muslim-Christian conflict in the island of Mindanao. She was then a faculty member of Notre Dame University Training Department. She made her First Vows in 1975.

Sister Emma lived and worked in the slum areas of metro Manila, and also served as our Vocation Promotion Coordinator, and a member of our formation team in District Philippines. In addition, she worked closely with her country’s Justice and Peace Commission of the Share and Care Apostolate for Urban Settlers.

“Our mission with the slum dwellers, with the workers, with those who struggle for Justice and Peace, for a land of their own, with those exerting efforts to form Christian Communities not only among adults but among the youth and children, our mission which calls us to organize women, children, young people, etc. to educate, to heal and be healed, have been and will continue to be God’s signposts of God’s continued presence and love for me,” she shares.

In 1983, Sister Emma was missioned to Caracas, Venezuela. There she has been very active with the Justice and Peace Commission for many years, and coordinates the activities of different justice and peace teams with inmates imprisoned in Caracas. She is our Sector Coordinator in Latin America, and is involved with the formation of young religious in the Theological Institute for the Education of Religious. Sister Emma also serves as our Sector Coordinator in Latin America.

April 1, 2010