PASAY City, June 15, 2015—The Daughters of the St. Paul (FSP) in the Philippines joined their sisters in other parts of the world in celebrating the congregation’s 100th year foundation anniversary in a simple get-together held at their provincial house in Pasay City Sunday, June 14.
In a speech, Sr. Delia Abian, FSP vicar provincial, looked back to their humble start a century ago in Alba, Italy, expressing gratitude to the Lord that today the congregation which Fr. James Alberione and Mo. Thecla Merlo, a blessed an a venerable, respectively, helped establish continues to inspire and to thrive in its mission of proclaiming the Word of God through the communications media.
“The beginnings of the Daughters of St. Paul, according to the co-foundress, Venerable Thecla Merlo, were even more humble and hidden than those of the Society of St. Paul which was founded a year before,” she said.
The Daughters of the St. Paul came into being without a name, without a house, without anyone being aware of their presence. Now, the congregation has flourished and spread far and wide. With more than 2,200 sisters present in 52 countries of the world’s five continents, the congregation has indeed been blessed,” she continued.
Filled with wonder
For Sr. Consolata Manding, directress of the Pauline Institute for Communication in Asia (PICA), how FSP has reached where it is now is nothing short of a miracle.
“[Of course,] I’m so happy … I’m filled with wonder how all these years we as sisters were able to do the apostolate serving in the dioceses, how we were able to use the media, the legal training, and learning from what we do, you know … and how we spread in different countries of the world, living in very difficult situations,” the sister from Bohol exclaimed.
“The more I think of it the more I wonder how God guided us, inspired us, protected us, encouraged us. And in the end you say, Lord, this is really Your work,” she added.
8 silver jubilarians
The centennial celebration coincided with the silver jubilee of eight FSP sisters who renewed their vows in the presence of their community, Cebu Archbishop Jose S. Palma, families, and friends.
They are: Sr. Maria Corazon O. Mercurio of Lipa; Sr. Carmen B. Billones; Sr. Mildred T. Chan who oversees the Paulines online shop; Sr. Christine Henry Sundin of Malaysia; Sr. Alice Candido of Pasay; Sr. Nema H. Sun of Cebu; Sr. Proserfina Foronda of Pasay; and Sr. Bibianah Thecla Dunsia of Malaysia. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)