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‘Heavenly’ cookies: Nuns host baking course for poor

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QUEZON City, March 18, 2015 -– A local community a nuns dedicated to the education of the poor is hosting a short course on baking for 25 women and two men from different local communities.

The trainees are being taught to bake cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and other common pastries at the Sisters of St. Dorothy’s community in barangay Pasong Tamo, Quezon City.

Women, mostly mothers, join a baking class at the Sisters of St. Dorothy's community in barangay Pasong Tamo, Quezon City. (Photo: Oliver Samson)

“They cook cupcakes and other sweets on order,” said Sr. Celia Agius Vadala, the community’s Maltese superior, describing how the community’s livelihood trainings have produced skilled women, who have since organized themselves into a group called “The Baking Mothers.”

Dressmaking, cosmetology

“They sell [the deserts] around and share the profit among themselves,” she added.

According to Sr. Annie Catania, the community’s livelihood coordinator, who is a Maltese, the community has organized several employable skill trainings under the city government that has benefited over a hundred of people since the congregation arrived in the country, said Catania.

The courses include dressmaking, cosmetology, massage, and hotel and restaurant services, Vadala said.

“What is consoling to us is many of them have found a job,” disclosed Catania.

The course, which is supposed to be taken for six months, is running for three months only because the class had started late, Catania said on March 11.

Mother-bakers

Some in the class buy their own baking materials, she said. Others are provided by the community.

The women are all mother, except for three, Catania noted.

The city government requires at least 25 participants for them to provide a teacher for the course, said Sr. Celia Agius Vadala, the community’s superior, who is also a Maltese.

The Sisters of St. Dorothy was founded in 1934 by Paula Frassinetti, an Italian, who was beatified in 1930 and canonized in 1984.

The congregation arrived in the Philippines in 2003.

Currently, it is the only community in the country composed of nuns from Malta, Austria, and Asian countries like China, and Malaysia, and has one novice and two juniors from the Philippines. (Oliver Samson/CBCPNews)


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