Sister Divinia Pedro
I have met God and felt his love among the poor, the broken-hearted and the marginalized.
My desire to enter religious life began when I was a young, non-Catholic teenager in the Philippines, but I had to set it aside to help with my family’s needs. However, in 1987, my mother’s cancer in remission, I became a Catholic and emigrated to Canada.
Meeting the Sisters
I met the Sisters of St. Joseph for the first time in February, 1990, when I spent my "birthday retreat" at their Motherhouse. I soon became a regular visitor at the infirmary; the Sisters became my mentors in life, faith and spirituality.
Steps in my Journey
My desire to grow in a deeper relationship with God and the dear neighbour led me to the CSJ Associates in 1993, to volunteer work at the infirmary and to involvement in my parish. Despite all this activity, I knew there was something missing. Before my mother died in 1992 she said to me, "I know you would be happier if you entered religious life; I give you my blessing." I was received as a novice in the Sisters of St. Joseph in September 2004.
My early ministry experiences include the Women's Drop-In, Out of the Cold and New Beginnings (for widowed, separated and divorced Catholics.) I made my final profession on Oct. 7, 2010. Now I am in Fort St. James working in a community whose members are mostly from the Carrier Nation. Once again I have met God and felt his love among the poor, the broken-hearted and the marginalized. Every day, I offer myself to God in gratitude for the many ways in which he has blessed me with peace, love and joy.