“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor 12:9
First of all, we would like to praise God for His marvelous gift and His continuous presence in our daily lives. We owe gratitude to our Sisters: the Missionary Dominican Sisters of the Rosary, especially to the Province of Reina de China for giving us the opportunity to study at the University of Saint Joseph in Macao. We have had profound experiences during our formation in Macao. We are extremely grateful to the Sisters who provided us for our spiritual and material needs. Without their guidance and support, we would have not finished our Bachelor in Christian Studies. Being part of an international formation program, the community is our first mission. Here we experienced living with different nationalities, cultures, languages, ways of thinking, and even ways of cooking. Being part of the call of God, we learned how to accept, respect, and enhance one another in love. We tried to blend in an intercultural religious community. There were natural ups and downs in the process, but we never gave up. God is always the center of our community lives. Through our fellowship in the formation, we experienced being a missionary and we learn to share and help one another. The formation program in Macao will surely be part of our being that will be greatly missed. The Sisters nurtured us with their love, care, and encouragement, especially during our rough times. We experienced in our community an oasis of love, a home beyond compare. Our studies in Philosophy and Theology have prepared us for our future ministry within the context of the Dominican charism and the mission of the Church at large. Equipped with knowledge in Scriptures, Spirituality, Dogmatic, Moral, and Pastoral Theology, we are ready to work where the congregation seems fit to send us after completing our formation program. As we go on to another stage of our formation, we would like to thank all our Sisters who have patiently accompanied us during these five to six years of studies and spiritual formation.
During our nine months sojourn of our Canonical Year in New Manila, we have a lot of experiences inside and outside of the community. Here we have deepened our faith through personal prayers, community prayers and community tasks. This is the starting point of our mission where we have known more about the History of our Congregation, the Spirituality of our Congregation, Our Constitutions and the life of our Four Martyrs in Congo. With the help of our sisters in the community we finished all our classes within nine months. To live with the different stages or the different elderlies is very challenging. The same with Jesus and His disciples. How Jesus dealt with the different characters and views of life with His disciples, was very difficult. Since, we are called to follow the step ways of Christ and live in His love, we are also able to love, accept and care for each individual. This is our mission to love one another as Christ loved us. We also experience how to deal with other Congregations of Sisters when we were studying about Vows, Biblical Foundation on Vows in the context of Community Life and the History of Religious Life. To live the Vows in our religious commitment is more demand to follow Christ. When we were called to be in a mission, it is our choice to respond to the calling. Regarding on this Vocation, we are ready to accept in our First Profession. We would like to thank you all our Formators who have been with us during our Canonical Year especially to our Novice Mistress Sr. Rosa Maria Angeles for her unending support, guidance, and love to both of us. Lastly, our deepest gratitude to Reina de China Province for their financial support during our Canonical Year. Thank you for everything and please continue to pray for our intentions. To God be the glory!