Fifty golden years as a Religious of the Assumption are what Sr. Loretto Eugenia Mapa, RA celebrated throughout the months of February and March! Starting off with a Eucharistic celebration with the Filipino community of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at Our Lady of Hope Church on February 1st, Sr. Lory was also surprised by many of her former students from the Assumption school in Manila with another Jubilee Mass in Los Angeles on February 7th.
Returning to the Philippines where she made her first vows in 1959, Sr. Lory renewed her vows with her Provincial, Sr. Mary Ann Azanza, at the Assumption College chapel in San Lorenzo (Manila) on February 14th in the company of her family, many friends, former classmates and students, and Sisters of the Philippine Thailand Province. A few weeks later, one more celebration was held at the Monastery of the Transfiguration in Malaybalay, Bukidnon.
We thank God for His fidelity to you throughout your life, Sr. Lory, and we thank you for your witness of loving generosity and fidelity all these fifty years. May the good Lord grant you fifty more!
Sr. Lory was born Ana Lucia Tomasa Michaela Ledesma Mapa on September 22, 1934 to Placido Mapa and Loreto Ledesma, in Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines.
Annie, as she was fondly called by her family and friends, attended the Maryknoll school in Manila for her first and second grades. When the Second World War broke out, the Maryknoll students were sent to the Assumption school in Herran (Manila) for safety. Annie remained at the Assumption school from then on.
Two years after graduating from Assumption College with a double major in History and English (cum laude), Annie asked to become a Religious of the Assumption and was accepted. She became a novice at the Assumption International Novitiate at the Mother House in Paris, France and made her first vows on February 14th, 1959. She took the name of Sr. Loretto Eugenia and chose the Holy Trinity as her mystery.
Returning to the Philippine Province after her vows, Sr. Loretto served in the Assumption schools of Herran and San Lorenzo as Mistress of Class and Principal. She served the Province as Mistress of Novices, Junior Mistress and Superior of the communities of San Lorenzo (Manila) and Kadingilan (Bukidnon)
Sr. Loretto came to the USA in 1986 to attend a sabbatical program at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA. Fondly called Sr. Lory by her U.S. Sisters and friends, she is now a member of the U.S. Province, living in the Lansdale community where she is also the Superior and member of the Provincial Council. Sr. Lory has been the coordinator of Filipino Ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia since 1995 and the moderator of the Association of Assumption Alumnae Abroad since 1987. Mabuhay ka, Sr. Lory! Maraming salamat po!
If you would like to send Sr. Lory a message on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee, you may write her at firstname.lastname@example.org