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Sister Salvacion “Salve” Valenzuela, OP

Age
37

Hometown
North Villazar, Sipocot, Camarines Sur, Philippines

Made Final Profession
April 3, 2016

Work Background
The majority of my work background includes teachingpredominantly preschool and special education. 

Present Ministry
House Directress for Mother of Good Counsel Center for Women and Childrena center for victims of sexual abuse.


Interests/Hobbies
Teaching, cooking, cleaning/organizing, listening to music, and reading books.


What drew me to the Adrian Dominican Sisters
To be a Dominican is God’s gift. I believe that we are called wherever He wills; it depends on our own charism, where we are fitted, and in service of God’s people. In 2007, I had some exposure to different mission areas. I was assigned to an education ministry in Tala and taught in our school in Apalit. I was also assigned in pastoral ministry with the women and farmers, and in special education and with children in Munting tahanan ng Nazareth. This center for abandoned and poor children with disabilities peaked my interest and passion to serve and love selflessly and continue in my formation.


What excites me about religious life today
Religious today can easily mingle with the faithful; a consecrated person can freely live in the world to be with God’s people – bringing the church to the people, and be a witness of love and joy, mercy, and compassion.

One thing that inspires and motivates me is to serve our brothers and sisters in the peripheries. I think responding to the call is an expression of great humility and selfless offering. Getting out to the comfort zone and passionately living with people on the margins is an expression of extraordinary service in a very ordinary way. Like St. Teresa of Calcuta did.




Sister Michelle Salalila, OP

Age
28

Hometown
Betis, Guagua, Pampanga, Philippines

Made First Profession
June 15, 2013

Present Ministry
I work within the Secretary Office of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Fernando. My work usually involves organizing the Archbishop’s schedule, dealing with people and priests who want to set appointments, and ask him to celebrate masses/sacraments. I am also in charge of maintaining the Office of the Secretary. Basically, my work revolves around the extension of the Archbishop of San Fernando.


Interests/Hobbies
I love sports. It fascinates me watching basketball on national television or live arena. I play badminton and volleyball. I like to be active always like jogging or biking. I love music. I’m into sketching also. I love to travel. I like theology. And most especially, I love teaching.


What drew me to the Adrian Dominican Sisters
I always believe that God has brought me here. It was never my plan to be an Adrian Dominican Sister. I always thought of joining the Franciscan Contemplatives in our place. I was first introduced to their community when I was young. During my first year of teaching, I taught in Holy Rosary Foundation, Tala, Caloocan City, which was administered by the Congregation. Teaching there, I get to be acquainted with the Sisters’ lifestyle because I stayed in their convent. When I decided to enter religious life, my mother would not allow me to enter the Contemplatives and so I decided to join the Adrian Dominican Sisters. God has a plan, which is why I am an Adrian Dominican.


What excites me about religious life today
I get to know different people, different personalities. I strive to always be kind, good, and generous. Religious life changes my perspective towards life, God, people and myself. It excites me of the many possibilities that it can do to a person, especially the possibility of self-formation.




Sister Xiomara Méndez-Hernández, OP

Age
42

Hometown
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Made First Profession
August 2011

Work Background
Fashion Designer and High Fashion Teacher

Present Ministry
Hospital Chaplain

Interests/Hobbies
Dancing, walking/enjoying nature, cooking, sewing, sharing with friends, and reading about spirituality and current theology.

What drew me to the Adrian Dominican Sisters
When I met our Sisters in my country in 1993, I became captivated by their passion to: Preach Truth, Make Peace, and Reverence Life. I also learned to read the Word according to the signs of our times while developing a loving, deep, and intimate relationship with our Beloved God and all creation.

What excites me about religious life today
I am very excited about the many possibilities we have today, as we gather with young sisters from all over the country, sharing and enriching one another with our diverse spiritualties. Thus, I believe in the future of religious life and I feel blessed of being part of it!




 

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