Home with the Shepherd: Sr. Maria Leticia F. Allado RGS
“The Lord is my shepherd…” Psalm 23
On June 28, 2010, the eve of the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, two shepherds of the Church, Sr. Maria Leticia Allado passed on to eternal life after 43 years of religious life.
Born on May 6, 1939 in Jolo, Sulu, Maria Leticia was the first of six chlldren of Honorio Allado Sr. of Laoag, Ilocos Norte and Elisa Fernandez of Zamboaga.
She started her elementary at the Holy Spirit College in Laoag, Ilocos Norte but finished at the Immaculate Conception Academy in Davao City when her family transferred toMindanao. Her high school was likewise spent at the Immaculate Conception Academy. In college, she enrolled at the University of the Philippines in Diliman where she obtained the degree Bachelor of Laws and practiced her profession in Davao.
In 1963, just as the Church was beginning the Second Vatican Council that brought reforms in the Church, Maria Leticia entered as a postulant at the Religious of the Good Shepherd in Quezon City. She was accepted to the Novitiate in 1964. A call to pursue her religious vocation prompted her to go to the Province ofAustralia/New Zealand where she continued her formation. On November 5, 1966 she made her first profession of vows as an apostolic sister of the Religious of the Good Shepherd in Christchurch, New Zealand.
With her zeal and love for the work of the Good Shepherd, Sr. Maria Leticia was assigned at the residential schools for teenagers in New Zealand. She made her perpetual profession of vows on February 8, 1972 in Te Horo, New Zealand. She continued involvement in the care of teenagers in Good Shepherd residential schools .
From 1979-1981 she enrolled at Fordham University in New York, USA and returned to Australia. Her mission included reaching out to others through social services.
“And she shall live in the house of the Lord forever.”
SR. MARIA LETICIA F. ALLADO RGS
May 6, 1939 - June 28, 2010
On June 28, 2010 our dear Sister Leticia peacefully joined Jesus, the Good Shepherd
after 43 years in religious life.
The Religious of the Good Shepherd, her bereaved family and relatives are grateful
for your prayerful remembrances.
The wake is at the Good Shepherd Chapel, 1043 Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City. Her cremated remains will be interred at the Good Shepherd Columbarium, after the Mass of the Resurrection
on Sunday, July 4, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
She came back to the Philippines on September 8, 2000. While at the Good Shepherd community she enrolled in renewal courses at the Center for Family Ministries (CEFAM) and the Loyola School of Theology. On November 29, 2002, Sr. Leticia transferred to the Philippine Province of the Good Shepherd.
From 2002-2010, with her love for the girls, her sense of humor and creative shepherding, she was involved in the nursery, crisis interventions and programs for women and girls at Euphrasian Community and was supervisor of the nursery of Heart of Mary Villa. She was also assigned at Bahay Ugnayan from 2009-2010. Her last assignment was the Euphrasian Community where she enlivened conversations and endured quietly the pains caused by cancer. Till the end she was joyful and enjoyed the presence and assurance of prayers of family, her sisters in the congregation, her friends and the girls.
“The Lord is my shepherd, nothing indeed, shall I want.”
Homily of Fr. Fernando Guillen Sch. P., June 30, 2010