Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

 

Some vocation stories of our sisters:

Sr. Marife Mendoza, FDNSC, Philippines

Let me begin with my family where I believe the first seeds of my vocation were planted. My parents raised us all in the Catholic faith. My father was a medical doctor (he died in 2002) and my mother is a retired nurse (she turned 80 on May 9, 2014). I am the eldest of seven children. My parents were active in church activities and they brought us, their children, closer to the church.

I believe it was Divine Providence that led our family to Central Luzon State University in Munoz, Nueva Ecija - the place where our sisters built our first community in the Philippines in 1968. The first group of sisters who came to the Philippines consisted of two Filipina sisters, one Australian, and two Spanish sisters. Our family lived inside the campus of Central Luzon State University (CLSU) and we had as our chaplain Fr. Reinier Van Glansbeek (Dutch MSC) who played a major role in the development of my vocation.

Soon after I finished my university studies, I kept my contact with Fr. Glansbeek and the sisters. In November 1980 I joined the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart as an aspirant. I made my first profession in 1984. Then in 1989 I made my final vows. I was in formation ministry for more or less 15 years before I was appointed Regional Leader, a post which I held for two terms (six years). In 2006 I became a member of the FDNSC International Formation Team.

One of the greatest gifts I have received from God is the call to be a Daughter of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. Our way of life excites me! Our mission excites me! Our internationality excites me! Each day, I thank God for this precious gift and responsibility and I ask him for the grace to remain faithful to my commitment. There is a reason for us to be in this world, at this time, in this place. For us, it is AMETUR!



Sr. Merle Salazar, FDNSC, Philippines

"Many days you shall wait for me… I in turn will wait for you." (Hos 3:3)

Through this text I felt called by God to the religious life back in 1994. I was young and successful but I was not happy. I felt an aching emptiness inside of me so I drowned myself with work…and this did not work.

One day, due to fatigue, I met an accident while driving. This made me realize that I can lose my life anytime and face my creator with empty hands. God was trying to speak to me and I began to listen. I met the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in July 1994 and their simplicity and hospitality captured my heart almost instantly. In January 1995 I entered the convent as an aspirant in Munoz, Nueva Ecija. Today, 20 years after my accident, I look back and see a God of mercy and compassion. He saw me and in His love, He called me; in His mercy, He brought me to our Congregation; in His compassion, He gave me a mission; in His generosity, He gifted me with the vocation to be His Heart on earth…today.

I come from a big Catholic Filipino family of eight children. By the time I went to university, my faith was already deeply rooted. Like most Filipinos, religion and its practice is a part of me. Upon entering the convent and going through formation, I met a different kind of spirituality, one that is more relational than devotional. I was introduced to our beautiful charism and the spirituality of the Heart. I also met Mary in a new way as Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.



Sr. Elly van Dijk, FDNSC, Holland

My favourite psalm (40) says: “I waited patiently for the Lord.” This is true, but it has not always been the case in my life.

I grew up in the southern part of the Netherlands, where all the people were Catholics. Our family consisted of my parents, an elder sister, my twin brother and I, and a younger sister. My parents went to church every Sunday and I went with them, but why? What was the meaning of faith for my daily life? I did not know the answers to these questions. The Catholic religion did not say anything to me anymore. It was only when someone tried to challenge my beliefs that I discovered what a precious treasure is our faith which, through my parents, was given to me by God. Apparently our faith was so important to me that I would not let it be taken away by anybody. I felt the need to defend it. As soon as I realised this, a long quest began, a search for God in my life, a quest that could last a lifetime.

From that time on, my life followed roads I had never dreamed of. I joined the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. I became a pastoral worker and my good father, who knew the shyness of his daughter, was astonished. “Do you really dare to preach?” he asked. And who would have thought that the road would lead me to South Africa? Yes, God's ways are miraculous. They can set one free, free to do good. That's why I dare to say with the psalmist: It is written about me in the scroll: I desire to do your will, my God.



Sr. Laurentia Piranti, FDNSC, Indonesia

As I write my life story, I would like to start with my family background. I come from a family of farmers who live in one of the hilly villages of Purworejo, Central Java, Indonesia. Purworejo is an administrative area in Indonesia where our first missionaries from the Netherlands arrived. My paternal grandparents were traditional Muslims and one of my aunts is a Protestant. My maternal grandparents were Catholic. Today, one of my brothers and his family are Muslim. I was born on 23rd August 1971 as the first among four children. My parents wanted us to have a good education. In 1978 there was no elementary school close to our house, therefore my parents had to send me to the village where my mother came from so that I could go to school. I moved to my uncle’s house when I was 7 years old and lived in a village where the majority of the people were Catholic. From then on, I lived in a Catholic environment.

There I went to a Catholic school from elementary until senior high school and only saw my family when I was on holiday. My uncle’s house was very close to the Church where we always had Sunday prayer with the people. I joined the group of altar children and the choir who served during Sunday prayer.

I graduated from senior high school in May 1990 and soon after that, on 1st June 1990, I went to the FDNSC convent in Purworejo as an aspirant. On 8th September 1991, I entered formal formation as a postulant and later continued with the novitiate in Purworejo. On 30th August 1994 I made my first profession and was then assigned to our orphanage which is next door to the novitiate house. In April 1996 the Congregation sent me to study accountancy in the University of Sanata Dharma, a Catholic university in Yogyakarta run by the Jesuits. After I graduated from university I was given time to prepare for my perpetual profession which I made on 15th August 2001. After perpetual profession, I worked in the finance department of our hospital in Pemalang.



Sr. Madeleine Ngoy, FDNSC, General Councillor

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My name is Madeleine Ngoy Nyefonga. I was born on 8 December 1966 at Boende, Equateur, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I come from a Catholic family of 3 children: one boy and two girls and I am the second in the family.

I did my primary and secondary studies in FDNSC and MSC schools where I discovered my religious vocation in 1985, 1986. I was a postulant from 1991–1993 at Mbandaka, DRC and did my novitiate from 1993-1995 in Cameroon. I made my first profession at Yaoundé, Cameroon, on 12 August 1995 and my perpetual profession at Mbandaka, DRC on 18 August 2002.

Apostolic and professional activities in Congo:

  • Teacher at Ngongeyoko Catholic Primary School, 1989-1991
  • Mistress of postulants, 2000-2003
  • Parish involvement: accompaniment of the youth and also the members of the Legion of Mary
  • Community Leader
  • Regional Superior of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Congo

Academic formation:

  • Master’s Degree in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Spirituality, April 2010 -2013 (Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada)
  • Diploma of Religious Studies, September 1997-July 2000 (Regina Mundi Institute, Rome)
  • Bachelor Degree in Education, September 1983-July 1989 (Lontsinge Institute DRC)



Sr. Bernadette Koning, FDNSC, General Secretary and Generalate Community Coordinator

I was born and grew up in Brisbane, Australia, and am the second eldest of eight children – four boys and four girls. My parents migrated to Australia from the Netherlands in January 1954, about a month after they were married. My father, who passed away 10 years ago, was a plumber and gas-fitter and worked very hard to provide for his large family and to ensure we had a good Catholic education. My mother, being a housewife, worked just as hard at home for us – she is now 89 and is looking forward to celebrating her 90th birthday! My parents’ faith in God was simple and was demonstrated not so much in words but in practice – in how they cared for others, especially the less fortunate, the lonely, those who were a little different.

Following secondary school, I did clerical work for some years in a government department. During that time, I started to reflect on life and what I wanted to do with my life. Also through reading and reflecting on Scripture, I was becoming aware for the first time of a God who loves me personally and I was growing in my relationship with Jesus. I think at this stage I was not thinking about entering religious life, but I wanted to do something more with my life. So I made up my mind to be a lay missionary for three years and, in 1978, was able to get a position as secretary in one of our FDNSC schools in PNG – Marianville Girls’ High School just outside Port Moresby. I very much enjoyed my time there and, since I lived in one of the staff houses on the property, I got to know the Sisters who lived in the convent and worked at the school. It was through them and their example that I became attracted to religious life. After I returned to Australia at the end of 1980, I continued to discern for a further year and then decided to enter our Congregation in 1982, making my first profession in 1985.

Mostly during my 29 years as a professed religious, my apostolate has been in the secretarial field – at the Australian Provincial House, in two OLSH Colleges (in Melbourne and Sydney) and now at the Generalate. I am grateful for the friendships I have made and the communities in which I have lived. The loving and continuing presence of Jesus and Mary in my life encourages me to persevere each day.

 

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