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San Juan, Mexico, Pampanga, Philippines

Made Final Profession
March 4, 2017

Work Background
I worked previously as a Client Representative form Indoor and Backdoor Sea and Air Freight.

Present Ministry
I am the Coordinator of our Dominican Aeta Ministry here in the Philippines. We serve the Aeta people.

Travelling and discovering new places, meeting new people, and playing volleyball.

What drew me to the Adrian Dominican Sisters
Their passion in mission and the unity of the Sister's respect and love for each other despite their differences in culture, traditions, and perspective.

What excites me about religious life today
Living out our vows and the commitment of each Sister. Those who professed and expressed their willingness to die as religious gives me hope that there are still people who are willing to offer themselves for the church and for the mission of Christ.

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A Voice for the Earth
Sister Pat Siemen, OP, JD

Serving as a voice to recognize the inherent rights of all creation has become Sister Pat’s primary work as director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence at the Barry University School of Law.

A civil attorney who holds a juris doctorate from Northeastern University, Sister Pat’s early ministries included being a community organizer in rural Tennessee, where she assisted disenfranchised African-Americans, and working in parish ministry with the Latino community.

She has also been a legal services attorney for migrant workers in south Florida; a staff attorney for the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice; and director of the Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College. 

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Sister Salvacion Attributes Her Vocation to Providence – and the Prayers of a Sister
By Sister Rose Ann Schlitt, OP

December 16, 2015, Pampanga, the Philippines – Sister Salvacion B. Valenzuela, OP, better known as “Salve,” is the first to acknowledge the action of Divine Providence in her life and vocation. She was born January 18, 1980 in Sipocot, Camarines Sur in the southern Luzon region of the Philippines. She and a sister and brother were raised by their grandparents in a religious and prayerful environment.  

When Sister Salve was seven, her mother traveled abroad and later became seriously ill. While studying nursing at the Universidad de Santa Isabel, Naga City, she prayed for her mother’s recovery, promising in return to serve God. After being comatose for a month, her mother was able to return to the Philippines, though without finances or properties. 

At the age of 19, Sister Salve studied in the province and stayed with a non-Catholic family. In return Salve helped with her foster parents’ business, tutored their grandchildren, and assisted around the house. Aware that she had attended a Catholic school, they sent her to the University of the Assumption in San Fernando, Pampanga, which Sister Salve attributes to the working of the Holy Spirit.  

As Sister Salve began to attend her classes in 2001, she noticed a sign dedicating a building to Sister Mary Philip Ryan, OP. Believing Sister Mary Philip to be a declared saint, she began to ask her intercession daily. The content of her prayer was often: “Sister Mary Philip Ryan, please pray for me. I want to finish my studies. I want to be a nun.”  She passed without even reviewing her coursework before exams. 

But what steps did she need to take to become a sister? She knew none and had only seen Sister Arsenia Puno from afar at the university. Providentially, she was with a friend at the marketplace and, on seeing Sister Arsenia, approached her on the topic of vocation. This was 2005 and the beginning of her relationship with the Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of Remedies. In the meantime, she continued to pray to Sister Mary Philip, and again passed her Licensure exam.  

After entering the congregation in 2007, Sister Salve was astonished to learn of Sister Mary Philip’s role in the foundation of the Sisters in Pampanga – one of the Adrian Dominican Sisters who arrived in San Fernando in 1965 to serve as a support for the new Dominican congregation.  In 2010, Sister Salve made first profession of vows and continued to work on her master’s degree in educational management. The next year, the Congregation of Our Lady of Remedies merged with the Adrian Dominican Sisters; the Sisters in the Philippines now make up the Our Lady of Remedies Mission Chapter. 

Her yearly ministry assignments were education-related: directing the school canteen in Lubao; teaching pre-school initial stage of our Dominican School in Mining, Angeles City; teaching in the Dominican School of Apalit; and teaching special education students in Manibaug; and teaching pre-school teacher in Mining. Sister Salve is drawn to special education, especially to the hearing-impaired. Her goal is to help teachers assist students to participate in mainstream education, which is the focus of her master’s thesis.

Sister Salve respectfully acknowledges the role of the Holy Spirit throughout her life and is grateful for her special Intercessor, Sister Mary Philip. As she prepares to make her final vows, she hopes to offer her life to God as a Dominican Sister through her passion for teaching.


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