St. Francis Xavier Sisters Celebrate 125 Years Since Foundation

The Congregation has communities in Quezon, Dumaguete and Myanmar. In the latter alone there are more than 400 religious.

Philippines – Laguna (11/09/2022 09:00, Gaudium Press) The Sisters of St. Francis Xavier (SFX) in Myanmar in the Philippines celebrated the 125th anniversary of the congregation’s founding. The celebrations, which took place at the SFX Mother of Mercy House for the Abandoned and Elderly in San Pedro, Laguna, were attended by priests and religious from different congregations based in the country.

According to Sister Venus Marie Pegar, vocation director of SFX, this was a simple celebration, but highlighted by a solemn Holy Mass of thanksgiving. Nevertheless, the religious ceremony was grand, attracting other communities outside the Philippines. The celebrations will continue through the month of December.

More than 400 Religious Women in Myanmar

Located in the Pathien Diocese in the Ayeyarwady region of Myanmar, the congregation was established by French Bishop Alexander Cardo on August 26, 1897. Today there are more than 400 sisters and 114 communities in Myanmar. In the Philippines, the congregation has two other communities in Quezon and Dumaguete cities.

The main function of the religious in Dumaguete is to care for elderly priests, while the community in Fairview is intended to house the Sisters studying in different schools. The Philippine Mission of St. Francis Xavier consists of 11 missionaries, mostly Burmese, and is under the supervision of Sister Rose Susie, superior and Burmese nun. (EPC)

Compiled by Angelica Vecchiato

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