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My Vocation Story: Unique in its ordinariness

 By Sr. M. Estelle Antigua RGS

            God’s call for me has been unique in its ordinariness.  It was not late; neither was my response delayed.  Looking back, I realize that it was just “on time,” His own good time.  He made me experience “the extravagance of His favor” before the actual call.  Fr. James P. Moran SJ was His instrument in directing me in my impatience to follow Him as an RGS.  I left for the novitiate at Los Angeles, California at such amazing speed, to the surprise of my friends and relatives, but not to my father with whom I had been faithfully sharing my feeling and plans about my decision through weekly letters.  He respected my logical presentation and reasons.  He had trained me indirectly to the responsible use of my freedom in many ways.


          My family and big clan of relatives’ love for me is the seedbed of my understanding of sacrifice and generosity in loving.  I am the oldest of eight children and a product of the public school from Grade I to graduate studies.  My father placed us, my sister and I, in dormitories run by Catholic nuns who gave regular lessons in doctrine and the Bible.  I developed as a professional in Diliman with the concepts of love and sacrifice deepening and broadening through the lived example of Fr. J. Delaney, SJ, the UPSCANS, and the Catholic faculty-residents in Diliman and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.


          What challenges and excites me now  -  are the on-going graces of getting-to-know Jesus, our model Shepherd so I can follow Him more closely and love Him deeply;  above all  -  “being witness to the Joy which comes from being with the Lord,” especially to the young students in our classes, our teachers and alumnae.


SR. M. ESTELLE ANTIGUA (Leonor Ycong Antigua)
November 1, 1923 – October 27, 2012
(Parents: Marcial Antigua and PacenciaYcong)

Elementary:          Lapu-Lapu Elementary School, Completed 1936
High School:          Cebu Provincial High School, 1939
College:                  Cebu Junior College, 1941
                                College of Education, University of the Philippines,
                                 Diliman, Quezon City, 1947

Graduate School:   UP Diliman, Quezon City, 1956

Work Experience:

College Instructor: UP, Lahug, Cebu City
College Instructor: UP English Department, College of Liberal Arts, Diliman, QC

Pre Novitiate:                   October 13, 1958 – Los Angeles, California, USA

Novitiate:                           April 24, 1959, Los Angeles

First Profession of Vows: April 24, 1961, Los Angeles

Final Profession of Vows: May 31, 1966, Quezon City


After First Profession of Vows
(Ministries) Education and Leadership

College Instructor and Librarian, St. Bridget College, Batangas, 1961-1965
Principal- St. Euphrasia School, Quezon City, 1965-1966
Principal – Elementary Department, St. Bridget College, 1966-1969
Coordinator/Local Leader – Banawa, Cebu 1969-1971
College Instructor and Librarian, St. Bridget College, Batangas, 1971, 1982
Instructor, Campus Ministry, Banawa Cebu, 1983-1986
Coordinator- Banawa, Cebu 1986-1989
Dean, College Department, St. Bridget College, Batangas, 1989-1999
Assistant Librarian, St. Bridget College, 2001- 2010
Maria Droste Infirm
ary – 2011 -2012