Sister Marvelous (Marvie) Lomerio Misolas, M.M.
Current Ministry Location-Maryknoll, NY
Marvie was born in Albay Province of the Philippines, but raised and grew up in Marikina City, Metro Manila. A CPA by profession, she studied Accountancy and Finance at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines graduating in 1986 and worked until joining the Maryknoll Sisters from the Philippines in 1995. She went to Mt. Vernon, NY to join other women interested in Maryknoll for Orientation Phase, professing her temporary vows in 1997. While missioned in Taiwan, she made her final vows in 2005.
Sister Marvie’s initial assignment to Taichung Diocese in 1998, led her to study both Min-Nan and Mandarin languages. Her ministry with people suffering homelessness in Taipei City started in 1999, by being a volunteer at Peace House with CICM congregation and in 2001 helping and collaborating in a soup-kitchen run by Buddhists in Taichung City. While on sabbatical in New York in 2001, Sister Marvie lived and volunteered at the Catholic Worker’s Mary House in downtown Manhattan, preparing herself to set up the Good Samaritan Women Center in Taichung City in 2003. Was established as a day shelter for homeless women in the beginning, it eventually became a transition home for women to rebuilding their lives. The center is first of its kind in Taichung City.
Through collaboration with local people and the national and city government, the Good Samaritan Women Center became not only a shelter for homeless and disadvantaged women but advocated for women’s rights in Taiwan. The center facilitated women’s development trainings and networking with other women organizations. Sr. Marvie initiated the creation of homeless service providers’ coalition in Taiwan, organizing annual national symposium on homelessness in collaboration with academic institutions and the Ministry of Interior. In 2012, after laying the financial sustainability of the women center, she turned over the oversee and management a group of lay people of the Taichung Diocese, who are also serving as the Board of Directors for the Good Samaritan Women Center. In 2016, the dream “HOME” for the women came to reality inaugurating a four-story building built and owned by the organization. The wholemaking work at Good Samaritan Women Center continues to thrive and serving most vulnerable women.
In 2012, Sister Marvie shifted to ministry of ecology and environment, focusing to understand present climate crisis and what can be done. Sr. Marvie went to study a Master’s program on the Environment, Peace and Security with specialization in Climate Change Security at University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica, a learning institution established by United Nations. In 2013, she did her internship at the Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary, sharing her knowledge on Climate Change science, policy and advocacy. Her wrote her thesis on the Maryknoll Sisters Environmental Ministry Framework. In 2014, Sister Marvie was assigned to work in the Philippines focusing on climate related issues. She taught graduate students on Environmental Management and Urban Planning at Philippine Women University and Miriam College. She joined groups and institutions working on Climate Change issues and solutions. Sister also worked as Project Director to a national research project study and compliance audit to 13 Philippine environmental laws by different government units in the Philippines. She has also worked with indigenous people and farmers, women and fisher folks in various rural areas by giving environmental leadership trainings.
Sister Marvie is now assigned in Maryknoll, New York as part of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns (MOGC) starting in 2018.