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Dra. Asuncion Villa of HMV: lived compassionate concern for women, babies and families

Submitted by: rgsphil
On: 03/02/2015

Please pray for the eternal repose of Dra. Asuncion Villa who was buried Saturday, January 31, after the 11:30 funeral Mass.

The following sharing of Sister Lorenza Sangalang will tell you who Dra. Villa is.  

One of the manifold graces we thank God for is the gift of persons.  Today, we would like to make a special mention of someone who has lived the Good Shepherd charism for thirty nine years.  It is not a surprise when people address her as Sister.  All that she has not done is to make public profession of the vows.

She started her once-a-week-volunteer work in Heart of Mary Villa in 1965 that was interrupted for three years when she worked in Vietnam and Yemen Arab Republic.  In 1968 she resumed her weekly schedule in spite of her busy medical practice in the poor areas of San Andres Bukid, Paco, Santa Ana and Singalong.  When she was the school physician of St. Bridget School in Quezon City, she made her services available to St. Domitilla's School, St. Euphrasia's School and to the Contemplative Sisters.  She likewise assisted our Sisters in Kaunlaran Multi-Purpose Center.  Even before Damayan formally became a Community Center, she had been helping the poor families in Malabon.

On August 1, 1980 she accepted the invitation of Sr. Carmelita Cruz, the local superior then, to stay full time in Heart of Mary Villa, primarily to take care of Sr. John Toomey, who had a stroke.  From then on, she has been part of the RGS community.

The Sisters come and go, so she has been a link of the past to the present.  A sharp memory that accompanies her compassionate concern for the women, babies and families makes her remember.  As an aid to remembering she has maintained records that facilitated the establishment of the present data bank of HMV.

She has not confined herself to medical practice in the Nursery, in the maternity home, and in Damayan Community Center.  She continues to facilitate the sponsorship of poor but deserving students finish elementary, high school and college.

Not only for what she can do, do we value her, but more so for the gift of herself. Her deep faith, her unassuming ways, her sincerity, the totality of her life continuously inspires us, both the Sisters and the lay staff.

In 2007, when Heart of Mary Villa celebrated Golden Jubilee of foundation, they awarded Dra. Villa a plaque, a token of love and gratitude for her 39 years of living the Good Shepherd charism in her compassionate service to the Sisters, staff, women, babies and families.