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Sister Therese Margaret Roberts, OP

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Date of Entrance: June 26, 1945
Date of First Profession: January 5, 1947
Date of Final Profession: January 5, 1952
Current Ministry: Prayer and Presence

Sister Therese Margaret Roberts, OP, lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she was born and raised and had lived with her mother for 40 years. Yet, she is anything but a homebody: she has traveled to every continent on Earth.

She was born in 1926 to one of the first families to settle in Fort Lauderdale – even before the city was chartered. “I come from a pioneer family,” she said. The only child of Protestant parents, Sister Therese Margaret began in second grade to attend St. Anthony School, where she was taught by Adrian Dominican Sisters. Just before graduating from high school, she decided to become a Catholic and ultimately entered the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Therese Margaret was an elementary school teacher for several years, in Michigan, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Her last formal assignment – before Sisters participated in discerning their ministries – was as a teacher for eight years at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale.   

Sister Margaret Therese then spent the remainder of her formal ministerial years serving in public schools. Her experience was wide and varied – and in many cases gave her the opportunity for world travel. She developed a program for gifted middle-school students in Broward County, Florida. During one Christmas break, she traveled  to Russia with her principal, experiencing the dangers of traveling in a Communist nation and the fun of riding on the Orient Express and in a troika, a horse-drawn sled. 

Still under the auspices of the public school system, Sister Margaret Therese then served for seven years as the director of education for the South Florida State Hospital. She obtained grants for a small train to transport students across campus every day to the academic building or the vocational building.  

When Sister Margaret Therese retired after spending next 22 years as a guidance counselor at Piper High School, the school community gave her a special gift: a National Geographic expedition to Antarctica. 

Sister Therese Margaret believes she has always lived out the Adrian Dominican Mission in her public school ministry. Through the use of her title “Sister” on her checks and on the nameplate on the door, she ensured that everybody knew that she was a Catholic Sister. “I felt my obligation to be a good example of what a nun should be,” she said. “For many of those people – both professional people that I worked with and students – I may have been the only contact that they would ever have in their life with a nun.

 


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.




 

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