L-R: Sister Maria Rosario Gaite, Sister Marian Therese Arroyo, Sister Elizabeth Ann Uncangco
Following their Mercy South Central Community Assembly held in North Carolina in June, the Sisters of Mercy held their Guam local Assembly on August 13-14, 2016 at the Sister Roberta Center in Oka, Tamuning. The two-fold agenda was set: to discuss matters of mission and ministry on Guam and to elect the new Leadership Team for the period of 2016-2020.
Elected to the new leadership team were: Sister Marian Therese Arroyo as Guam Mercy Administrator; Sister Maria Rosario Gaite as Assistant Administrator; and Sister Elizabeth Ann Uncangco as Team Member. Sister Marian has served in various capacities as Director of the Offices of Worship, Pastoral Planning and Faith Formation in the Archdiocese of Agana, Chancery Office, and is also Chair of the Golden Jubilee of the Diocese Executive Planning Committee. Sister Maria Rosario Gaite is Co-director of Mercy Vocation Ministry and is the Vice-Principal at Santa Barbara Catholic School in Dededo. Sister Elizabeth Ann Uncangco is the Assistant to the Guam Mercy Treasurer, worked at AOLG Business Office and Admissions; and served as Vice-Principal at Bishop Baumgartner Memorial Catholic School.
We extend our prayerful support to the new team and our thanks to the outgoing team: Sisters Mary Cecilia Camacho, Maria Rosario Gaite and Orlean Pereda for their service since 2012.
The Sisters of Mercy, associates, and friends attended the annual retreat last May 31-June 6, 2015 at Mercy Heights Convent in Tamuning. Directing the week-long retreat was Fr. Mike Crosby, OFM. Cap.
Vice-Speaker, Sen. B.J. Cruz, joined by colleagues, Sen. Frank Blas and Sen. Mary Torres, presented a legislative resolution commending Sr. Francis Jerome Cruz on her retirement as President of the Academy of Our Lady of Guam on May 18, 2015, after many years of service. Photo taken during the graduation.
By Sister Trinie Pangelinan, RSM
May 4, 2015
Although “Mercy Action Marianas, Ltd.”, sponsored ministry of the Guam Mercy Community is actually a little older than 13, the ministry was incorporated in June 2002. For the third year, the venue for the celebration was Government House, thanks to the generosity of Governor Eddie Calvo and First Lady Christine Calvo. The Board of Directors, headed by Sr. Marian Arroyo, include Sandy Gould-Yow and Amoretta Carlson (Gala Chairpersons), John Weisenberger, Augusto Delgado, Giana-Nicole Pangelinan , Sr. Mary Cabrini Taitano (on sabbatical) and Sr. Trinie Pangelinan-President.
This year, the special donor awardees were Tan (Mrs.) Eugenia Leon Guerrero and Sonny Ada of Ada’s Trust & Investment. They received a beautiful ifil statue in appreciation of their ongoing generosity and support of MAML over these 13 years. Local celebrities, Patrick Palomo and Andrew Gumataotao, provided soothing dinner music—augmented by the Sisters’ impromptu singing of “Wake the World” in celebration of the 2015 Year of Consecrated Life and the Suscipe of Catherine McAuley. The evening was enlivened by emcee, Louise Muna, and the excitement of winning door prizes!