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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 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!




Sister Antonette Lumbang, OP

Age
37

Hometown
Arayat, Pampanga, Philippines

Made Final Profession
March 4, 2017

Work Background
I worked as a Systems Analyst at Accenture. I was involved mainly with PeopleSoft build, test and deploy activities of project life cycles and online maintenance of employees’ job/personal data in a banking institution.


Present Ministry
Pastoral worker at Villa Maria, a resettlement area for Indigenous people (Ayta) in Porac, Pampanga. I also serve as the Justice and Peace Promoter of the Remedies Mission Chapter.


Interests/Hobbies
I love to read and take pensive walks.


What drew me to the Adrian Dominican Sisters
Community life and the Sisters’ mission. We complement one another as we share in the mission of Jesus. In this community of diverse and uniquely gifted women, where love and growth thrive, I saw myself blending in.

What excites me about religious life today
I’d say it’s a challenge to be a prophetic voice in our present age. But there the excitement lies…how to be both creative and authentic in bearing witness to the Gospel values amidst the world’s secularism.




 

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