CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Farewell to friend and mentor of Filipino community

HONG KONG (SE): Sister Victoria Del Rosario Ramos, of the Canossian Daughters of Charity, passed away in Villa Bakhita, Caine Road on February 6 at the age of 68.
In 2017, she fell critically ill and had to leave her pastoral work to be cared for at the Canossian Infirmary of Villa Bakhita. 
In the early hours of Tuesday, February 6, Sister Ramos responded to God’s final call and joined the Lord whom she had loved and served all her life.    
Sister Ramos was born in Manila, the Philippines, on 17 November 1949 and joined the Canossian Institute in Manila in 1975. She made her first profession in 1978 in Manila, and her final profession in 1985 in San Pablo. 
While in the Philippines, she stayed in the communities in Calamba and Sta. Rosa in Laguna during her novitiate working as a teacher, principal, superior and coordinator of the Lay Canossians.  
In 1998, she was sent to Japan to work with the Filipino migrants workers, and in 2008, she arrived in Hong Kong and was assigned to Bethany Canossian Convent in Chi Fu, and later to Honeyville Canossian Retreat House.  
She visited prisoners, engaged in pastoral services for Filipino migrant workers, as well as the students of Sacred Heart Canossian College. 
She was also the superior of the Bethany Community for six years, and served as thex spiritual director of the Filipino Migrant Cancer Support Society. 
Sister Ramos had always tried to give life to others and to offer daily sacrifices and fervent prayers to the Lord. She kept her candle of God’s love burning brightly till the very end. 
Canossian Sisters give thanks for the precious contribution Sister Ramos has made to the Filipinos and to the least of our brothers and sisters, for her faithfulness to her vocation and for her edifying example, especially during her last months of great suffering. 
The Canossian Sisters thank the readers and friends for their prayers for the repose of her soul. 
May she rest in peace. 

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