“Before, I saw my mission vocation as going out to share my own faith with others, now I have come to see my mission vocation as God’s gift to me. I found the meaning and fulfillment I looked for.”
Born in Kawit, Cavite, Philippines, Sister Gloria Tamayo grew up in the mountains of Baguio, where she graduated from St. Louis University. She taught at La Salette School in Santiago, Isabella before joining Maryknoll in 1968.
Assigned to Hawaii in 1969, she spent more than two decades in mission in the Pacific. As a Montessori teacher, she was head teacher for kindergarten students and also taught in the other elementary grades, until she began to serve as chaplain for the Filipino Catholic community, and assistant to the Director of Filipino Ministries for Honolulu.
She worked in six parishes on the windward side of Oahu in basic ecclesial communities among the Filipino people, responsible for the spiritual formation of lay leaders. Her pastoral work varied depending on the needs of the communities. She served on the congregational admissions team in Chicago, assisting women interested in religious missionary life, and on the Central Pacific admissions team, as well as the Honolulu Vocation promotion team.
“My hope is that young people will be true to their own questions, by being true to themselves,” she said.
Sister Gloria also spent a short time in Bolivia, where she took advantage of the opportunity to study basic Spanish. She enjoyed connections with the Language Institute community and the Filipino community and spent some time with the rural poor in Santa Cruz.
In 2002, she became a member of our Eastern U.S. Region and entered familiar pastoral work in Chicago. She was a pre-kindergarten teacher at St. John de la Salle School and is presently a pre-K teacher at St. Thomas the Apostle School.
Sister Gloria is now part of the Vocations Team for Maryknoll Sisters, helping women discern a possible call to religious life with the congregation.