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Getting to know Padre Pio

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INCORRUPT body of San Pio at the shrine of San Giovanni Rotondo

At 12:40 p.m. on Jan. 14 I arrived at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport in Italy for an administrative council meeting with Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum (CIB), the international community of Benedictine women. It was cold and rainy.

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‘The hills are alive’–with beautiful views and Filipino voices

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Aare River in Bern

On July 29, I flew to Zurich where I was met at the airport by Helena, head of the Asia Desk of the Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund (SCLF), our partner for about 20 years at the Institute of Women Studies. They took care of the airfare for my sabbatical trip all over Europe.

Posted: February 9th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

From cottages to castles–and ‘kababayans’ everywhere–in olde England

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THE LAST half of my sabbatical brought me to several capitals of Europe. After my spiritual renewal sessions and retreat in Ireland and Scotland, I came to London just in time for the opening of the Olympic Games. We watched the event in a town square with a giant screen. It was spectacular!

Posted: February 2nd, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Did you know the Kremlin is full of churches?

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I never in my wildest dreams thought I would ever go to Russia. But when I was planning my six-month sabbatical trip to Europe, a Scholastican, Marla Lazaro Beyer, invited me to visit her and her family in Moscow. Her husband Philip works as attaché in the American Embassy there.

Posted: July 28th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Watering one’s soul in blest Ireland

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After eight years as Prioress of the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of the Manila Priory, I was taking a six-month sabbatical in Europe. My first stop: Ireland, where I’d be taking a one-month course at All Hallows College in Dublin.

Posted: June 23rd, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

A Filipina Catholic nun beats an African drum

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I was very excited when, in our meeting of the Administrative Council of Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum (CIB), the international association of Benedictine abbesses and prioresses, it was decided that our conference this year would be in West Africa—Burkina Faso, Togo, Ghana and Benin!

Posted: October 22nd, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

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