Sister Bibiana Bunuan, M.M.
Current Ministry Location – Tanzania
Sister Bibiana, from Tagudin, Ilocos Sur in the Philippines, entered Maryknoll in 1965. She had already earned her BS in nursing from Far Eastern and St. Paul College.
Sister Bibiana started her mission work in Datu Piang, Philippines, where she initiated health programs for the rural areas. She also helped form Christian communities. Sister Bibiana moved to Cotobato City, where she taught at Notre Dame University. She earned her MA in anthropology and sociology from Ateneo University in Manila.
In 1983, Sister Bibiana was assigned to Arusha, Tanzania, where she worked with community-based health programs for preventive medicine and women’s development. In 1988 she was one of the first Sisters who moved to Kalebejo in the Geita Diocese, where they started Project VEMA. The project was an integrated approach to education, development, and health care for village people.
Sister Bibiana returned to Maryknoll Sisters Center in 1991, and gave Congregational Service to the senior Sisters, followed by work in the Promotion department. In 1997, Sister Bibiana returned to the Philippines. She worked in a squatter area helping street children by listening to them and learning about their living situation.
Sister Bibiana went to Namibia in 2004, where she collaborated with NGOs and was involved with the Alternatives to Violence program, which was started by the Quakers of South Africa.
In 2012, Sister Bibiana returned to Maryknoll, NY. She is famous for her poems sparked by any experience – physically, mentally challenged children; the dignity of all peoples and races; the content of a Mission Institute program or a Maryknoll Sisters General Assembly. She is one of our “poets in residence.”
In 2014, Sister Bibiana returned to Tanzania where she is currently still on mission.