Current Ministry Location-Maryknoll Sisters Center-Maryknoll, NY
Sister Genie was born February 8, 1975 in Diadi, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines. She graduated from Diadi National High School, Philippines in 1992 and then studied three years in college taking Psychology. Sister Genie worked in Malaysia where she met a Spanish missionary community who did missionary work in Africa. She joined the Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation where she stayed for four years. She left the Augustinian Sisters and became a lay missioner with the Missionary Community of St. Paul the Apostle in Turkana, Kenya, east Africa and worked in a feeding program caring for four- to six-year-olds in a nursery. She then returned to her hometown to volunteer as a catechist and assisted in organizing and animating the youth.
Sister Genie entered the Maryknoll Sisters on August 11, 2007, after completing a live-in experience in various Maryknoll Sisters’ houses in the Philippines. Then, she spent two years in the Sisters’ 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 young women and men at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. She pronounced First Vows August 9, 2009 at the Sisters’ Center, NY and Final Vows September 11, 2016 also at the Sisters Center.
In 2009, Sister Genie received her first Maryknoll mission assignment to Tanzania East Africa. She studied the Kiswahili Language. In Morogoro, she team taught religion at Kilakala Girls Secondary School and provided after school aid to children. In Mwanza, she worked with HIV/ AIDS adults groups. She worked collaboratively with a Maryknoll Lay Missionary and a Maryknoll Affiliate and established income generating projects for different women’s group, used Capacitar for Trauma Healing work with orphans, abused kids and street children. She also taught foot Reflexology to women’s group with Sr. Jareen Aquino.
In 2016, Sister Genie returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY where she served as Coordinator of the Chi Rho Community. In early 2020, she traveled to Hawaii to study Holistic Health. Her most recent mission was in 2021, when she responded to the crisis at the U.S. Mexico border to provide aid to migrants. In September 2021, she was elected to serve as Vice President on the Congregation Leadership Team for the next six years.