CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Salute to a shepherd

HONG KONG (SE): A surprise celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of the arrival in Hong Kong of Good Shepherd Sister Felicitas Nisperos was held at the annual KAMMPI festival in San Po Kong on October 11, as Connie Padilla, the former president, gave a rundown on the past half century of her life.

Inviting her to the stage with Father Rudolfo Jacobe, Padilla unfurled a pink, congratulatory floral banner in honour of the significant milestone in her life.

The 84-year-old expressed her gratitude to the group for designing the banner and organising the surprise celebration. A simple cake-cutting ceremony was held on stage.

Sister Nisperos said the most important way of overcoming the pressure of being a missionary is to trust that God can help in finding a way to move forward.

Often described as feisty, she explained that when facing stress, she employs anger therapy to vent pent up frustration, or directly express feelings by letting it all hang out to unwind the negative knots inside the body.

Sister Felicitas arrived in Hong Kong in 1966. Her immediate assignment was to take care of female teenagers in the centres established by the Sisters of the Good Shephard, first in Pelletier Hall, now Caritas Pelletier School, in Clear Water Bay Road, then at Marycove Centre, Aberdeen, and later in Choi Wan Hostel.

In 2001, she was assigned to the Diocesan Pastoral Centre of Filipinos to assist the then-director, Sister Aida Casambre. She became director in 2009.

Sister Felicitas has served in Hong Kong for 42 years, but her footprints are also still visible in Ethiopia, Macau and Rome.

She will celebrate her 60th anniversary of profession next year.

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