“The Maryknoll Sisters belong to each successive generation, born to announce the Good News according to the time and place where each Sister finds herself.”
Sister Genie Natividad entered Maryknoll on August 11, 2007, after completing a live-in experience in various Maryknoll Sisters’ houses in the Philippines. She spent two years in our Chicago orientation house, studying part time at the Catholic Theological Union and doing part-time ministry, first with mentally challenged people and then in prison ministry with women and men at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center.
On Mission Sunday, October 18, 2009, Sister Genie was assigned to the Tanzania Region. She prepared for this first mission assignment with other new missioners for 2009. Her winning smile will continue to win hearts wherever she goes.
After a visit with her family and the Sisters in the Philippines, Sister Genie settled in mission in Tanzania and will visit the Sisters and their ministries as part of her orientation to the country. She looks forward to language study in Morogoro where she is assigned for ministry with Sisters Janet Srebalus and LeKheng Chen.
Born in Diadi, Nueva Vizcaya in the Philippines, one of six children, Genie experienced the death of her father when she was seven, and she lost her mother in 2003. Genie speaks Tagalog, Ilocano and English. She spent several years taking college courses and worked in Malaysia where she met a Spanish community who do missionary work in Africa. This strongly attracted her, but since her mother objected, she joined the Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation for four years. After which she became a lay missioner with the Missionary Community of St. Paul the Apostle in Turkana, Kenya, and worked in a feeding program caring for four- to six-year-olds in a nursery.
Back in her hometown, Sister Genie volunteered as a catechist and assisted in organizing and animating the youth. On the Web, she discovered the video Maryknoll Sisters, Ordinary People – Extraordinary Deeds and saw that a vocation to religious life and mission could be combined. So began her safari to Maryknoll and the Tanzania ministry to which she is now called.