“I’m a gardener at heart,” says Sister Marisa Lichauco, who has been blessed in nurturing and caring for God’s creation ever since she joined the Maryknoll Sisters on September 2, 1959, from Manila, the Philippines.
Sister Marisa’s care for God’s creation started when she was in grade school. As an experiment, each member of her class was given a bean seed to plant in a can filled with soil. She observed the growth of the bean plant with interest and amazement.
Her fascination with plants grew through the years and this led her to landscaping gardens. In Guatemala, her first mission, she landscaped the whole campus while teaching primary and secondary school students.
Sister Marisa continued to cultivate her students’ wholistic development when she was assigned to the Philippines as a teacher at Maryknoll College. Eventually, she became the principal of the grade school there.
Sister Marisa shaped programs on faculty development and has been a pioneer in the education and rehabilitation of the indigent physically challenged at Tahanang Walang Hagdanan (House with No Steps) as administrator and then as director of education.
Sister Marisa’s nurturing ways led her to her current ministry–the care and concern for the environment. She focuses on environmental education by giving workshops that stimulate interest in the importance of preserving our environment.