Sister Aurea (Abby) Avelino

Current Ministry Location: Tokyo, Japan

Sister Abby (Aurea), was born in Tanauan, Batangas, Philippines, but later immigrated to the United States and settled in California with her family.  Sister Abby had worked as an engineer for six years when she realized she wanted to impact the world through mission and service.

She searched the internet for “Catholic Mission,” and came across the Maryknoll website. Consequently, Sister Abby became a Maryknoll Affiliate for two years, during which time she met some of the Maryknoll Sisters and her passion grew.  During this time, her vocation call to be a Maryknoll Sister became clearer to her, and after a period of discernment, Sister Abby entered Maryknoll in 2006.  She made her First Profession of Vows in August of 2008 in Maryknoll, New York.

Over the course of time, Sister Abby studied the three scripts of the Japanese language to prepare for her first mission assignment in Japan.  After completing language school, she helped out at Catholic parishes in Japan and was a welcoming presence there to migrant families from the Philippines, where Sister Abby was born.

After a reflection period of several months at Maryknoll, NY, Sister Abby professed her final vows as a Maryknoll in 2014.  Soon after that, Sister Abby returned to Japan where she continued her ministry.  Today, Sister Abby works with Talitha Kum Japan (Organization against human trafficking of the UISG).  In addition, she volunteers at a Parish Ministry – St Ignatius, coordinating pastoral activities for the International Community Migrant Women’s Ministry.  Furthermore, her passion is continuously shown through her work as she continues to advocate for the healing of women and children who have been abused.