Current Ministry Location-Tanzania
On August 15, 2010, at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in New York, Sister Jareen made her first profession of vows as a Maryknoll Sister, committing her life in service to the universal mission of Jesus and the Church. She was surrounded by family members, Maryknoll Sisters, and friends who responded with their prayer, love and commitment to her.
Sister Jareen was born in Manila, the Philippines, but after her father’s death, her family returned to Tacloban City in the Leyte region, where she finished high school at Sacred Heart. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of the Philippines in Tacloban, then was certified in education in Diliman, Quezon City, and began teaching at Miriam College (formerly Maryknoll College).
As a homeroom teacher, Sister Jareen taught Maryknoll history in the Philippines because the Maryknoll Sisters founded, administered and taught in the college from its beginnings. She taught Pilipino and social studies while pursuing her Master’s degree in education. Already interested in religious life, Sister Jareen began to inquire about Maryknoll as she got to know the Sisters.
She joined the Maryknoll Sisters from St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Cubao, Quezon City, and completed our two-year orientation program in Chicago, IL. Sister Jareen studied various mission areas, discerning her assignment and visited family and friends in the Philippines before going to her assignment in Tanzania in January, 2011.
Sister Jareen Franco Aquino shares that “it was a Maryknoll poster with hands of different colors holding up a globe that first attracted me to the Maryknoll Sisters.” She believes that “Maryknoll’s charism of cross-cultural ministry and community living led me to where I am now, in Tanzania as a teacher.” Sister Jareen feels that God is calling her “to use my skills as a teacher and thereby be a companion to others as they are to me.”