SSpS Philippines Commitment to Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation

Evelyn Jose SSpS

JPIC, an integral component of our mission and apostolates in education and catechesis, as well as throughout our socio-pastoral ministry, is the cornerstone of our commitment. We are entrusted with the responsibility to champion JPIC within our communities, building alliances, fostering connections, engaging in advocacy, and establishing networks to promote justice, peace, and the integrity of creation. Our sacred duty extends to nurturing a culture that reveres life and safeguards the environment, adopting a profound commitment to Eco-Theology. We are continually challenged to pioneer innovative and pertinent methods for our missionary presence and the execution of our mission, with unwavering dedication to safeguarding the dignity of every individual.

Becoming melodies of compassion

As SSpS, we remain steadfast in our commitment to integrate JPIC into our life and mission, tirelessly spreading the message of salvation. We vehemently denounce all forms of injustice, violence, and the wanton destruction of life and our environment. Our unwavering dedication includes raising awareness about the harrowing issue of human trafficking and participating in an international prayer for the victims of Online Sexual Exploitation of Children and all forms of human trafficking. In a show of unity and purpose, sisters from PMH, P. Noval, and the Tertian community came together for this significant event on February 4. Our mission is marked by tangible actions that promote justice and peace, staunchly defending the most vulnerable members of our society, including the impoverished, homeless, abandoned, women, and children. We acknowledge a pressing need to address the prevailing lack of awareness regarding the pervasive issues of human trafficking and Online Sexual Exploitation of Children within our country and worldwide.

Collaboration with Lay Partners

Our commitment extends to fostering strong partnerships, networking, and collaboration with diverse entities, including NGOs, faith-based organizations, government agencies, and fellow congregations. We acknowledge our interconnectedness through these connections and recognize the imperative need to coexist in communion. Within this spirit of unity, we strive to cultivate a profound and unwavering spirituality of solidarity, ensuring that we collectively address the challenges and issues of our time with a shared sense of purpose and a commitment to making a positive impact on the world.

Relevant Formation

JPIC integration is a fundamental aspect of our formation at all levels, from initial formation to ongoing programs, ensuring that it remains ingrained in our identity. We are privileged to have Immersion and exposure programs through IP communities and our Social Center, offering valuable experiential learning for our sisters in formation. Furthermore, we actively engage in training, seminars, and workshops led by major superiors in the Philippines and abroad. We also collaborate with various NGOs and networks to continually enhance our understanding and commitment to JPIC. Guided by our Trinitarian Spirituality, we embrace a life of harmony, peace, just action, and respect for all. We aspire to inspire more young sisters to participate in JPIC actively, ensuring a continued and growing dedication to justice, peace, and the integrity of creation within our congregation.

Ecological Conversion

Our divine calling as stewards of creation has never been more apparent. This year has witnessed an increasing number of face-to-face seminars for ecological conversion as individuals and groups recognize the urgency of this mission. Notably, the Walk for Life, organized by the CBCP and the Council of the Laity, was revived after a three-year hiatus, and our sisters from Ma. Clara actively participated in this event. Additionally, the Major Superiors convened an orientation on Climate Justice and Laudato Si, which sisters from PMH and P. Noval attended. Collaborative efforts, such as bamboo planting with the SVDs, community gardening, tree planting, recycling initiatives, and the resolute rejection of plastic use, have become integral parts of our commitment. Guided by the insights from the orientation on Climate Justice and Laudato Si, we are reminded of our solemn duty to promote and embody ecological sustainability, embracing Eco-Theology with sincerity. The call to action becomes increasingly clear and vital as we strive to become more consistent in our devotion to caring for Mother Earth.

Mission with the Marginalized

Our divine calling beckons us to share our blessings with the poor and marginalized beyond our regular provision of cooked meals at our Center and Ma. Clara, for our homeless brethren, we have also joined Kapwa Kusina in preparing food for impoverished families residing in the slum areas. Throughout the challenging times of the pandemic, we reached out to destitute families in our immediate vicinity, to the street-side beggars, and those stranded at provincial bus stations in Cubao, sharing the abundant blessings bestowed upon us by our generous benefactors, especially the Pink Sisters, alums, relatives, and friends. The outreach extended far and wide, involving our sisters at PMH, postulants, and dedicated co-workers in this sacred mission. In times of crisis, we also opened our doors to frontliners at our center and provided shelter for homeless families. Such acts of compassion were not without risk, as those who ventured out for distribution, including our employees and co-workers, were exposed to the deadly threat of COVID-19, and the limitations of space compounded the challenges they faced in their selfless service.

Talitha Kum Philippines

Talitha Kum Philippines operates as a dedicated network of religious women who join forces to combat human trafficking in the Philippines. This network is part of a global effort, with Talitha Kum Networks present on all five continents. These networks work closely with 50 inter-congregational groups, which are organized at the national and local levels. Their core priorities revolve around communication, networking, formation, advocacy, and prevention, and their overarching mission is to empower and mobilize consecrated individuals in the Philippines to take action against human trafficking and modern-day slavery, particularly concerning women and children.

The primary focus of Talitha Kum Philippines is to engage religious congregations and consecrated individuals actively in the fight against human trafficking within their ministries, parishes, and pastoral programs. They seek to mobilize groups of mothers and young people to become TKP Patrollers, providing a critical frontline defense against trafficking. Their efforts include training, awareness raising, and advocacy work to address the issue at various levels, from public schools to government and church workers. This collaboration extends beyond national borders, as they work closely with organizations like IJM, Fundacio Asia, and TK Youth Ambassadors to tackle this grave issue.

Furthermore, Talitha Kum Philippines and its members are committed to creating OSEC-free (Online Sexual Exploitation of Children) communities, a crucial step in the broader effort to eradicate human trafficking entirely. Through their dedication and collaboration with TK International and Asia, as well as other mission partners, they strive to network with the Major Religious Superiors and other organizations to work towards a world free from human trafficking, particularly in the Philippines.

Evelyn Jose SSpS