It all started with a dream. The attraction from mission work remained in my heart as a desire and in my mind as a dream ... for so long. I tried listening to it and responded in my own way, trying to fulfill that dream and satisfy that desire. Thus, aside from my full time job in the bank and my part time teaching in the university, I made myself available, with much joy and "gusto", to be involved in the local church through apostolic work and in the formation work by giving retreats, recollections and seminars, and recently, spiritual direction. I was happy with my life, but something deep within never stopped stirring.
|Korea, 2003, Arlenne with an elderly woman|
|Myanmar, 2010, Columban Jubilee Celebration|
work on mission with the Columban Society. It was a day of commitment, prayer, assurance, awareness and hope not only for me but also for my family, relatives, friends and the local church of Talisay City, Cebu. The outpouring of graces and the generous support of my family, friends, relatives, parishioners and the Columban family made God's love truly present and alive. A good number of people present, solemn liturgy, strong presence of the Columban family, beautiful songs beautifully sang, bountiful food, full support of family, happy faces, I could not ask for more. I felt it was a day of God's affirmation to my missionary life. The pain of detachment was very real to me. But there was something more than the pain that made me go beyond ... and it was LOVE. The unconditional and mysterious ways of love I've experienced and received from God through my family, friends and the Columban Society and all the opportunities for living and growing in life have pushed me to share to others what I have generously and abundantly received, whatever circumstances, and whoever I will be with.
What has been freely given to me, i try to freely and wholly share to others, in love and gratitude.
Arlenne Villahermosa was assigned in Korea from 2002 to 2006. She was recalled to the Philippines in 2006 until 2008 to coordinate the Columban Lay Mission here. In November 2008, Arlenne , together with two Korean LMs were assigned to Myanmar. She is back in the Philippines since May 2012.