Sister Amelia Omana
Current Ministry Location – Center, NY
Amelia Omana was born May 10, 1939 in Lucena City, Quezon, Philippines to Patricinio T. (Tanada) and Francisco O. Omana. She had 3 sisters: Imelda, Beatriz and Ofelia and 4 brothers: Victor, Luis, Clarito and Justo. Amelia graduated from Maryknoll Academy in Lucena in 1955. In 1969 she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from Luzonian University, Lucena, Philippines.
Amelia entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in the Philippines in 1965. She pronounced First Vows April 30, 1968 in the Philippines and Final Vows March 25, 1976 also in the Philippines. Sister Amelia was assigned to the Philippines in 1968 remaining there for about eleven more years, serving in pastoral and education ministries. She also worked as the assistant treasurer in Maryknoll College, Quezon City. Sister Amelia next worked at St. John Bosco School as a financial coordinator and then at Maryknoll High School, Panabo as an administrator. From 1976 to 1977, Sister Amelia continued her pastoral work, which included catechesis and education coordination.
After her assignment in the Philippines, Sister Amelia was assigned for three years, 1979-’82, to the Maryknoll Center in New York to serve the congregation as an accountant.
In 1984, she was assigned to Kenya, East Africa. There, Sister Amelia served in various religious and pastoral associations: as a youth minister, a treasurer, a financial consultant, and an accountant. She was reassigned to the Philippines in 1992 for family ministry, and collaborated with other Maryknoll sisters at the Center for the Integrity of Creation in Baguio, Philippines, an alternative education program informed by ecological concerns.
In November 2009, Sister Amelia returned to the Maryknoll Center in New York, and since then has remained involved in various areas of congregational services, including serving as assistant to the Eden community coordinator.