Sister Aurea (Abby) Avelino

Sister Aurea Avelino, M.M.

Current Ministry Location-Tokyo, Japan

Sister Abby (Aurea), from Tanauan, Batangas, Philippines, entered Maryknoll in 2006.   She had worked as an engineer for six years when she realized she wanted to do something more with her life, such as mission or service.    She searched the internet for “Catholic Mission,” and found the Maryknoll website. Sister Abby was a Maryknoll Affiliate for two years, during which time she met some of the Maryknoll Sisters.   She realized she wanted to become a Maryknoll Sister, and made her first Profession of Vows in August of 2008 in Maryknoll, New York.
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 a Catholic parishes in Japan and was a welcoming presence there to migrant families from the Philippines, where Sister Abby was born.

In 2014, Sister Abby professed her final vows as a Maryknoll Sister after a months-long reflection period at Maryknoll, NY.