A Visit to the Pink Sisters in the Philippines

High school students from the Save Our School Children Foundation, Inc. (SOSCFI) traveled with staff, CMC Missioner Crystal Catalan, and Sr. Bernadette Anello to visit the Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration.  Also known as The Pink Sisters for their bright pink habits, the SOSCFI group visited the Convent of the Most Blessed Sacrament on January 14th in Baguio City, Philippines.  The students were amazed at how beautiful the convent was. Before entering the convent chapel, Sr. Bernadette gave a brief explanation about the order of sisters.  According to Sr. Bernadette, the Pink Sisters don’t usually entertain people.  The Sisters lead a contemplative life,  have as their mission to help those in need, and prefer not to be recognized for their donations.   Every year the Pink Sisters make a generous donation to SOSCFI.  One of the students observed that “the silence is deafening and another felt the ‘sacredness of the space’. After the chapel, the students were directed to a receiving area where they would meet the Pink Sisters.  One student said, “While we waited for them, we prepared to sing the songs we had practiced. We heard these Sisters have angelic voices, so we wanted to do our best to entertain them.  Three Sisters entered and after exchanging greetings we sang our song selections. While we were singing, I saw that most of us were smiling.”  The students presented the Sisters with a bouquet of flowers and a handmade thank you card.  

Upon arrival at “The Pink Sisters” the students from the Save Our School Children Foundation, Inc. (SOSCFI) along with Sr. Bernadette Anello, MSC (3rd r. back) take time for a photo to record the experience. ~ Crystal Catalan photo

 Closer to home, Philadelphia has its own order of  Pink Sisters who reside in the Fairmount section on Green Street.   You can read more about the Pink Sisters and take a virtual tour of the Convent of Divine Love at their website.

 ~ by Jasmin A. Galmote, 4th Year SOSCFI high school student. This story originally appeared in the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Weekly Update,  February 2, 2012.

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