Columban Lay Missionary
It has always been my desire to serve God but in the other part of me I thought too about giving priority to the needs of my family, to be with my community and to be of help to my tribe because here in Maitum I am the first T’boli scholar of Bro. Robert B. McGovern to finish college. Yes, it has been my dream to finish my studies and to be with my people. When my dream of finishing college was granted, I thought it was the end of my journey and I could already be with my family, community and my tribe. But I realized that there was a part of me which hinders me to laugh, talk about and face challenges freely and naturally.
|With proud and beaming Bro. Robert McGovern|
In April 2013, I was accepted to be part of the ten months Orientation Program but that doesn’t mean I was already accepted to go on mission. As part of the orientation program, my companions and I were sent to the Institute of Formation and Religious Studies, Cubao, Quezon City for formal studies. Along with this, I had my apostolate at Kuya Center Foundation working with street children and elderly women living under the Marikina Bridge. Once a week I went to visit them, to play, tutor and also to be with the elderly women. Aside from formal studies and apostolate, we had modular classes and exposures to different ministries. The orientation also provided different support structures like personal companion and spiritual direction. On the first week of October 2013, we started with the ten weeks Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at National Kidney Hospital, Quezon City as Chaplains. It was a challenging yet a wonderful journey within myself. It helped me to know better and go deeper within myself. After the ten weeks journeying within myself, midpoint assessment followed.
After 6 months, I went home for Christmas vacation.
|Mindanao Exposure: Team mates Luda and Jenanydel|
The ten months orientation was a big help in part for my discernment process. It was a way of God for me to be in this orientation. It helped me grow as His loving child. God has been continuously showering me with His love and graces. He never fails to send many good people to journey with me and be a better and blooming JENANYDEL NOLA.Thank you very much to my family, to the NDBRCFI, Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary, my Columban family, teachers and friends for having you in my life and for being part of my journey.
|Jenanydel Nola (R) and family|