I was born in Ponte da Barca, Portugal. I attended school through college at the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady School in Oporto, Portugal. While I was a student, Sr. Maria Clara of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Sisters had a big influence on my life. I came to admire her when I began to seriously think about becoming a sister myself.
When I began thinking about my vocation, I considered several congregations. After much discerning prayer, I entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Congregation Jan. 6, 1957, with a great desire to become a missionary.
I made my first profession on Aug. 25, 1959, and my last profession on Aug. 28, 1962.
After my first profession, I enrolled in the Nursing School of the FMOL to become a nurse. I worked hard and completed my studies and was sent to work at St. Bernard Hospital in the South of Portugal.
Some years later, I attended the Superior Institute of Administration and Teaching in Lisbon where I earned an advanced degree in Administration and Teaching in Nursing.
I worked for 18 years as a Teacher and Administrator at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady School of Nursing in Oporto.
During these years of my ministry, I had a very rich and enjoyable experience. I participated in different programs and workshops in Portugal and abroad for my continuing formation and education. My ultimate goal to work with these students was to contribute to their personal, psychological, social and professional growth.
In 1988, I was elected General Superior of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady in France. These were very challenging years, and years I was able to achieve my goal of becoming a missionary. I traveled to many countries, interacted with people of many cultures and got to know many of the Sisters throughout the worldwide congregation. These were busy and joyful years.
In 1994, I requested to be assigned to the North American Province and came to Louisiana. I currently serve as Mission Coordinator in the Senior Services Division in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I enjoy very much working with our staff members to provide the tools and resources necessary to maintain the legacy that we have received from our founding Sisters in Louisiana. I have, truly, a great passion for this ministry.
I have served on several Boards including for the Foundation and at Ollie Steele Burden Manor, Our Lady of the Lake College and Our Lady of the Lourdes.
I am keenly aware of the extent to which the Sisters, community prayers, and encouragement have supported me in fulfilling my ministry. I feel very fulfilled as a consecrated woman religious in the Church.
I finish by saying, to you my Lord all Glory, Honor and Blessing.