Sister La Purisima Alcantara Careso, OP, known as Sister Puring, died on May 29, 2016, Feast of the Most Precious Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, at the Dominican Sisters’ convent, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines. She was 62 years of age and in the 30th year of her religious profession.
Sister Puring was born in 1953 in Manibaug, Porac, Pampanga, Philipines to Hermenigildo V. Careso and Juana M. Alcantara. She graduated high school from Holy Angel College, and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Holy Angeles University, Angeles City and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of the Assumption, City of San Fernando, 2000.
She joined the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of Remedies on November 21, 1982 and the novitiate on April 8, 1984. She made her First Profession of Vows on June 7, 1986 and Final Profession on August 3, 1991
Sister ministered as treasurer in parochial schools in the Archdiocese of San Fernando and at Holy Rosary College, Tala, Caloocan City. She also served as a CLE (religion) teacher and canteen manager in other schools. She served as the Alay Kapwa Coordinator of the Social Action Center of Pampanga (SACOP) from 1990 to 1999, during the first ten years of the rehabilitation period in Pampanga during Mt. Pinatubo eruptions.
Sister Puring also served in Villa Maria, Porac for the native Aeta community and as Coordinator of the Dominican Social Action and Pastoral Ministry with farmers, women, and the Aetas in Porac from 2008 to 2012. Most recently, she served as an archivist at the Archdiocesan Museum, University of the Assumption, from 2013 to 2016.
Sister Puring was chosen in 2008 as one of the Ten Outstanding Fernandino Awardees for Religious and Service category in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines. She recalled her attendance at an August 2013 gathering in Adrian, Michigan, of Sisters exploring the future (August 2013) as one of her “blessings and surprises from the Lord.”
Sister Puring, the youngest of seven siblings, is survived by three brothers, Eloy, Celestino, Roberto, and two sisters, Africa and Magdalena. She was preceded in death by her brother Pedro.
The Funeral Mass and Rite of Committal (burial) were held on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 in Holy Mary Memorial Park, Angeles City, Philippines. The Memorial Mass was on Sunday through Tuesday, May 29-31, 2016, at St. Dominic’s Chapel, San Fernando convent.
Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221.
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