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Perpetual Profession of Vows of RGS scheduled September 8 in Osaka, Japan

Submitted by: rgsphil
On: 07/09/2019


Two Good Shepherd Sisters from the Province of Philippines-Japan will make their Perpetual Profession of Vows on September 8 at the Good Shepherd Chapel in Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan.

Photo: Srs. Mai and Hoa, with Sr. Emma, directress of  Temporary Professed Sisters

Sr. M. Nguyen Thi Bach Mai and Sr. M. Teresa Chu Thi Nguyet Hoa will make their perpetual commitment during the Eucharistic Celebration to be presided by Bishop Paul Toshihiro Sakai of the Archdiocese of Osaka. Several priests from Osaka and the Toyonaka Catholic Church will concelebrate,

Their commitment will be witnessed by Good Shepherd Sisters --apostolic and contemplative—lay mission partners, family members and friends.

Photo: Sr. Therese Iitsuka, local leader of RGS Toyonaka, Bp Paul of Osaka and Sr. Regina Kuizon, province leader.

Sr. Goretti Vo, of Vietnam (East Asia Province) who is in Japan to attend the ceremonies said that Sr. Mai and Sr. Hoa, both Vietnamese sisters heard the call to be missionaries to Japan. They went to Japan in 2007 to begin their formation, learning the Japanese culture, especially studying the Japanese language.

In 2014 when the Sector of Japan and the Philippine Province began the journey of unification, the sisters were engaged in conversations, and communication became frequent that called on the sisters to study English, the link language of the congregation, that facilitated dialogue and eventual request for unification.

Sr. Ellen Kelly, congregational leader, approved of the unification and on April 24, 2017 established the Province of Philippines-Japan, during simultaneous Masses in Quezon City and Osaka, attended by sisters from the two countries. (Read message of Sr. Ellen about Unification) Sr. Ellen, Sr. Yvette Arnold, congregational secretary, and the Province Leadership Team members apostolic sister, Sr. Ludila Panaligan and contemplative Sr. Elena Jalop, and Unification Team member Sr. Tarcila Abano attended the Osaka celebration while Srs. Frances Robinson, Jude Ellen Golumbieski, Japanese sisters Regina Munemoto and Euphrasia Katoh with lay mission partner Tanabe were in Quezon City for the celebration.

File Photo: Temporary Professed Sisters who were in the Philippines in 2018.

Srs. Mai and Hoa, were sent to the Philippines for English language course with Sr. Natividad Lucero and had their theological studies in Vietnam in 2018 and 2019. They, together with Sr. Clara Loilo of the Philippines, were also part of the young sisters from 27 countries preparing for Perpetual Profession of Vows who were invited to go to Angers, France for two-month session on “Love, the Heart of the Universe,” organized by the Congregational Leadership Team. Sr. Clara will pronounce her Perpetual Vows in the Philippines on December 12, 2019.

The three communities in Japan – Toyonaka, Enzan and Sendai-- look forward to this September 8 ceremonies. The  Province of Philippines-Japan is composed of 20 apostolic communities and four contemplative communities, whose mission is to express God’s mercy and compassion. (View Maps of communities) The apostolic sisters have schools, residences and ministries for families, especially women and children, while the contemplatives pray for the intentions of the Church, and specifically for the work of the apostolic sisters. PLT members who are in Osaka for the celebrations are Sr. Regina Kuizon, Sr. Ananita Borbon, Sr Carmelita Arenas, Sr. Ronafel de Leon. Sr. Emma Marzan arrived earlier to lead the Integration session of the two sisters.

Sr. Mai has been missioned to Sendai community while Sr. Hoa will go to Enzan community in the Diocese of Yokohama.



"A person is of more value than a world." - SME Good Shepherd Statue infront of the Good Shepherd Convent in Toyonaka.