Celebrating Consecrated Life

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The Archdiocese of Agana’s Golden Jubilee Committee continues its series featuring profiles of the men and women serving in religious communities in our Church on Guam. Their vocation as a religious woman or man is a gift from God continually inspired by the Holy Spirit and guided by Jesus in service to God and his People.

Påle’ Eric Forbes, OFM Cap
Påle’ Eric Forbes, OFM Cap

Påle’ Eric Forbes, OFM Cap, Capuchin Friars of the Custody of the Star of the Sea

1. What inspired you to choose the vocation you are in today?
I grew up with the Capuchins all my life and individual friars inspired me by their personal character and ministries. They all had their differences but they were all, in different ways, happy and friendly servants of the people and followers of the Lord and Saint Francis. I wanted to be one of them and be the same, do the same.

2. What motivates you to persevere in your vocation?
Despite many challenges and my own failures, the blessings of the Capuchin and priestly life are abundant. There are many crosses but joy comes from the cross when it is understood in the light of Christ.

3. Date of (entrance/reception/ first/final) into community or feast day and current ministries.
Reception: Invested as a novice 1984; First Vows: 1985; Solemn / Final Vows: 1988; Feast Day: none. Current Ministries: Priest; Development Director and Communications Director for the Capuchins.

Be a cheerful giver, Be a Sponsor

If you’d like to donate and be a sponsor for the three-day weekend for our consecrated religious men and women, please call Tricia Tenorio, Secretariat, Golden Jubilee Executive Committee, Organizer, Consecrated Life Event at 562-0022 or e-mail her at tricia. tenorio@archagana.org. Make checks payable to Archdiocese of Agana Memo: Jubilee CL Event Mailing Address: Archdiocese of Agana – DPM Office 196 Cuesta San Ramon, Suite B Hagatna, GU 96910.

Sister Mary Bernard Unpingco, SSND
Sister Mary Bernard
Unpingco, SSND

Sister Mary Bernard Unpingco, SSND School Sisters of Notre Dame

1. What inspired you to choose the vocation you are in today?
I had a very powerful, personal experience. I was waiting and admiring the bulletin board at the Notre Dame aspiranture: “You, I seek; You, I want. Yes, you, I love you.” says the Lord Jesus.

2. What motivates you to persevere in your vocation?
I always remind the Lord Jesus of my desire to be better than good and I never regret that I said “yes.” Yes, to you my Lord; yes, to me; yes, to all my brothers and sisters. I love you!

3. Date of (entrance/reception/ first/final) into community or feast day and current ministries.
Entrance: 02/02/52; Reception: 1955; First Vows: 7/10/56; Solemn/Final Vows: 1962; Feast Day: 8/20/16 Saint Bernard; Current Ministries: I am fully retired but I do volunteer work for the Manamko in three places: Senior Day Care in Barrigada; Dededo- Yigo and Inarajan.

Sister Barbara Ungacta, RSM
Sister Barbara Ungacta,
RSM

Sister Barbara Ungacta, RSM Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

1. What inspired you to choose the vocation you are in today?
When growing up, I came from a close knit religious family where we said evening prayers daily and attended church as a family. Therefore, the desire to become a religious started when I was a teenager. Belonging to the sodality of Mary for young girls, we would always do services for our parish church on weekends, attend the annual December 8 procession or go on a pilgrimage around the island. At that time, our sodality moderator was Sister Michon, a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration. She also was instrumental in helping me realize where God was leading me.

Through the years while I was studying at Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, I was introduced to a Sister of Mercy who was the administrator at that time. Upon returning home to Guam after my studies I met Sister Mary Benedict, a Sister of Mercy who was the Vocation Director. After several gatherings with the Mercy Sisters, I felt some way that God was truly working in me and was using Sister Mary Benedict to direct me into making the right choice to join the Sisters of Mercy.

2. What motivates you to persevere in your vocation?
The grace of God, which I received in my prayer life and the ministry of service to God and His people, are my spiritual nourishments that motivates and helps me persevere in my vocation.

3. Date of (entrance/reception/ first/final) into community or feast day and current ministries.
Entrance: Dec. 8, 1971; Reception: Aug. 15, 1972; First Vows: Aug. 15; Solemn / Final Vows: Aug. 14, 1977; Feast Day: Dec. 8; Current Ministry: 19 years as Director of Infant of Prague Catholic Nursery and Kindergarten

Sister Doris SanAgustin, RSM
Sister Doris SanAgustin,
RSM

Sister Doris SanAgustin, RSM Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

1. What inspired you to choose the vocation you are in today?
In the early 50’s the Sisters of Mercy opened a grade school in our parish – Dededo. Being very close to the church and convent, I watched the sisters very closely. Growing up, I would peep through their chapel to see how they prayed. This group of religious women has influenced me to a great extent in my decision to become a Sister of Mercy. I have no regret that they have entered into my life.

2. What motivates you to persevere in your vocation?
Through prayer and interactions with the sisters, and a great desire to join them in their special ministries of serving the poor and uneducated. The greatest of all is my love of God and the Charism of Mercy – above all doing all things for the honor and glory of God. Being a Sister of Mercy gives me the opportunity to be a bride of Christ and reaching out to God’s people, the poor, the rich and uneducated.

3. Date of (entrance/reception/ first/final) into community or feast day and current ministries.
Entrance: July 2, 1952; Reception: Aug. 15, 1953; First Vows: Aug. 1955; Perpetual Vows: 1961; Feast Day: February 6 – Feast of St. Dorothy. Current Ministry: St. Anthony Catholic School as President

Gratitude to Our Retreat Sponsors
THANK YOU to our sponsors for the Jubilee Consecrated Life Event – Three-day Weekend Retreat with Sister Maria Clara Kreis, CDP. “Gratitude is a flower that blooms in noble souls.” – Pope Francis

As of April 19, 2016, a sincere gratitude to the following:

Gold Sponsor ($500):

  • Bishop Baumgartner Memorial Catholic School
  • Rigalu Foundation
  • Marilyn C. Roberts (Cary, NC)
  • Personal Finance Center
  • In Memory of +Fr. Tony Perez, S.S.
  • In Memory of +Rev. Mr. Frederick E. Otte, II

Silver Sponsor ($300):

  • Committee To Re- Elect Rudy M. Matanane
  • Dededo Retail Store

Bronze Sponsor ($200):

  • In Memory of +Doris Q. Leon Guerrero
  • Lorwill Fastfood and Catering
  • Mai Market

Charitable Spirit Sponsors (Any amount)

Elizabeth J. Shinohara, Isaac Tenorio & Sam Santos (Saipan), Romeo Hernandez, Tina T. Tenorio (Saipan), In Memory of +Fr. Roger P.T. Tenorio , David Parks, MD, Gerardo Tenorio, Rosita C. Calvo, Joseph Muna/Tammy Ada (Saipan) Emilia F. Rice, Dominic Kim, Perry B. Inos (Saipan), Remy Tenorio, Vangie Valencia, Elvie A. Dorion, Lou Almoguera, Erlinda Estrella, Terry & Jun Lipar, Heidi Castino, Jesus P. Cruz, Cora & Sam Sangueza, Zeny Meneses, Salvacion P. Labella, Mr. & Mrs. Arnold Rabena, Cora Gatman, Patty Camacho, Tita R. Taloma, Daniel & Monica Taimanglo, Marites Dionisio, Jay & Rosita Huff, Roland & Ilene Quitugua, Anonymous, Veronica Lizama, Mary Duenas, Lynette T. Dela Cruz/Tom Manglona, Krispin Raphael, Jenifer Jenny, Onairon Noriano, Musume-san Victus, Ana, Nina, Vinvin, Granton, JayJan, Doan Antrea, Fr. Jeff San Nicolas, Sue Laygo, Paula Chin, Jose S. & Rita S. Dela Cruz (Saipan), Joseph A. & Maria DC Blas.