Sister-Doctor Dulce is one of 625 Medical Mission Sisters in 17 nations trying to be present to others in the spirit of Jesus the Healer.
A physician, Sister Dulce Corazon Velasco served as a lay volunteer in Bangladesh before joining our Community. She made her First Vows in 1980, at age 36.
Sister Dulce’s first mission assignment was to Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, where she lived and worked for 22 years. During this time, the Jolo Vicariate Health Ministry was centered in Bongao, where Holy Family Hospital underwent changes and re-orientation. Our Sisters developed a shared vision with the local people of an alternative health care system, which included community health programs, a referral system, medical services and linkages/networks.
The experiences Sister Dulce had over those years, and the relationships she developed with the local people, had a deep impact on her. She reflects, “It is very important for health professionals to learn how to have trust with people. The people are able to take care of themselves given the chance.”
In December, 2003, our Sisters officially turned over their involvement in Bongao to the local people. Sister Dulce continued on the hospital’s advisory board for 5 more years. “We Medical Mission Sisters offered this as our gift to the healing mission of the Vicariate of Jolo…enabling the people to take back their responsibility for their own health as their God-given right,” Sister Dulce recalls.
Sister Dulce began serving a three-year term in 2005 as Executive Director of a non-government organization, Integrative Medicine for Alternative Health Care System (INAM) in the Philippines. At the request of Bishop Labayen, President of the INAM Board of Trustees, she has renewed her term until 2011.
Living in Quezon City in the Philippines, Sister Dulce has also served as a Visiting Professor at Boston University, and continues to mentor students from the University who visit her country yearly.
June 1, 2010