Covid-19 Update: Philippines

As of 27th March 2020

I hope you are all fine, with the Central Team recovering from their epic journey home! Thank you, Barb, for encouraging us as One Body to share news of each other, across the Society. I was actually already thinking of sending our modest newsletter beyond the ASIANZ group, because I was feeling this need to know how all our sisters are doing.

We are each and all doing well, where the lockdown got us. Mely was with her EAPI group having their 8-day retreat and the decision was quickly made for all 50-some participants to pack their bags and make their way to their home countries before travel barriers were put up. The 8-day retreat was cut short, and Mely is safe with us at Manalo. Maribel was caught at Manalo, while Stella was in Montalban, so they are with the communities where they are.... Thanks be to God, we are able to keep in touch with each other, especially with Lydia in Samar, Cabats in Ormoc, and Sandra and Dindin in Cebu. Lately, though, it has been difficult to communicate with Lydia and Sandra....

We are having meals together, praying more together, sharing TV mass and paraliturgies, finally able to do things we have not been able to do before, for lack of time. We remain in touch with what is happening, as with our family and friends....

Keep well and safe,

Digna, in the name of the sisters in Philippines