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SR. M. IMMACULATA Y. ANTIGUA  RGS

(April 25, 1925- September 26, 2010)

 “Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Ps. 23:6)

 Sr. M. Immaculata Antigua (baptismal name: Salud Antigua) passed on to eternal life on September 26, 8:30 a.m. in Cebu City. She was 85 years old and spent 52 years in Religious Life.

She was born on April 25, 1925, in Opon, Cebu City to Marcial Antigua and Paciencia Ycong.

Her siblings include: Marcial Jr., Francisco, Arthur, Leonor (M. Estelle RGS), Anunciacion (M. Marcia RGS), Tomasita (Sr. M. Tomasita RGS) and Gemma Karganilla.

A teacher by profession, Sr. Immaculata  finished Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of the Philippines in 1951. Before joining the Good Shepherd Sisters, Sr. Immaculata taught from June 1951-March 1957 at the Colegio de la Immaculada Concepcion in Cebu City where she was a teacher in college and high school.

Sr. Immaculata entered the Novitiate on September 15, 1957 in Los Angeles, California and had her clothing on April 24, 1958.  She made her first profession of vows on April 24, 1960 in Los Angeles, USA and her final vows on July 2, 1965 in Quezon City, Philippines.

Antigua Sisters. From left, Srs. Marcia, Tomasita (a missionary to Canada) ; Estelle and Immaculata. Photo was taken during the Great Jubilee 2000 celebration, in the Philippines.

Her mission: Her first assignment in the Philippines was in Banawa, Cebu where she was assistant mistress of the class (May 1960-May 1961).  She taught at the St. Euphrasia’s School in Quezon City from June 1961-May 1962; a teacher and a community development worker St. Bridget School in Buhi, Camarines Sur from June 1962-March 3, 1969;  a housemother and counselor at the Reception Center in Quezon City from May 14, 1969-March 1970; housemother at Welcome House in Paco, Manila from April 1970- August 1970; teacher  at St. Euphrasia’s School while doing community work in Batino, Quezon City; worked with mothers and youth at the Kapitbahay Community Center from April 1971-May 1973; helped in the community development work in Banawa, Cebu from June 1973-May 1979; studied from 1979-1980 and stayed at the Provincialate; worker in Lantapan, Bukidnon in 1981, a teacher at St. Bridget College in Batangas from 1982 to 1988; she was missioned again to Cebu in 1988 to do parish work and helped in the training of catechists for public schools; In 1990 she went to the United States and Canada for her sabbatical. From 1992 to 2010, she was in Banawa, Cebu City helping in various programs of the community, engaging in parish work, organizing day care center in villages, helping in the Seminar House. She also gave classes to parents, and helped in arts and crafts and in the eco-upliftment program of the community.

Wake is at the Good Shepherd Convent, Banawa Hills, Cebu City.

 Interment is Wednesday, September 29, 2010 after the Mass of the Resurrection at 9 a.m. Her remains will be interred at the Queen City Garden in Cebu.

 

The Villa Maria Community in Cebu share with us St. Mary Euphrasia's letter to Sr. Immaculata Antigua RGS written as part of the July Recollection.


SME Letter to Sr. Mary Immaculata Antigua

 
July 12, 2010

Our dearly loved and beloved daughter Imma,

I received your letter-and thank God for it! It filled my heart with happiness. I am glad to hear that the girls in the growth-home and welcome home are doing well and growing in their different aspects. The after-care is also flourishing, I am very happy to hear this.

So you have not fully recovered from a fall, your right leg still hurts. You said you have gone to different doctors to get help and they only said you have to bear with it always.

You are at the cross, dear Sister, keep calm and firm and offer what you have to our loving Lord for the salvation of souls.

I bless you in our Lord and cherish you in His Heart.

Lovingly,

St. Mary Euphrasia



 

Contact:

Villa Maria Community – c/o Sr. Milagros Santos RGS (miraclergs@yahoo.com.ph)

Sr. M. Estelle Antigua RGS - St. Bridget College, Batangas City - (043) 723 18 21

Sr. Marcia Antigua RGS  - Banawa, Cebu -  marciaabanawa@yahoo.com

Sr. Tomasita Antigua RGS – Canada -  tomasita@marymound.com


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