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Religious from the Philippines transfers vows to Providence Sisters

the Inland Register

(From the June 11, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Hilaria Suzette Bautista SP (IR photo courtesy of the Sisters of Providence)

Sister Hilaria Suzette Bautista, a native of the Philippines, will participate in a Eucharistic celebration of the canonical transfer of her perpetual vows to the Sisters of Providence at 7 p.m. Friday, June 19, at Mount St. Joseph Chapel, 12 West 9th Ave., followed by a reception.

Sister Suzette began a probationary transfer process into the Sisters of Providence in a simple ceremony in Yakima in June 2006 after 30 years of Religious life as a member of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, in the Philippines.

When she first met the Sisters of Providence in Seattle, Sister Suzette said, “I witnessed their values, their discernment and dialogue and their love for the poor. The Sisters of Providence pray together and make discernment a serious matter, listening to the spirit as the way of making decisions.”

“After sharing our life and mission with Sister Suzette for more than three years, we welcome her as a Sister of Providence,” says Provincial Superior/Leadership Team Coordinator Margaret Botch. “The Sisters in her local community described her as ‘a gift to our house. They, like the rest of us, support her in her desire to live the Providence way and to serve the poor with the support of other Sisters.”

Born in 1953 in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, the Philippines, Sister Suzette entered the novitiate in 1975 and professed final vows in 1982. Her ministries have included serving as vocation director and novice director, as a university teacher of counseling and religious education, and as school administrator in Metro Manila, as well as pastoral ministry.

She holds a BA degree in psychology from St. Paul University, Manila; an MS degree in guidance and counseling from De La Salle University, Manila; an MA degree in religious sciences from Pontifical Institute Regina Mundi, Rome, Italy; and a doctorate in education, with a major in educational management, from De La Salle University, Manila. She also took a one-year sabbatical to study theology and spirituality at Milltown Institute in Dublin, Ireland.

Sister Suzette initially volunteered at Casa Hogar in Hispanic ministry, and then became a volunteer at St. Joseph Parish, Yakima, before teaching religious education to third and fifth graders at St. Joseph School.

While in Yakima, she joined the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) team as spiritual director, assisted in RCIA, sang in the church choir, and participated in faith sharing after Sunday Mass.

She is presently completing a unit in clinical pastoral education at St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Wash., and then will move on to complete a CPE residency program at Providence Portland Medical Center.


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