Sister Norma Valdemoro
Current ministry location-Center NY
Norma Valdemoro was born September 2, 1935 in Baleno, Masbate, Philippines to Amada (Laurio) Valdemoro and Filomeno Valdemoro. She had 4 brothers: Hubert, Jose, Herminio, Rev. Filomeno and 3 sisters: Linda, Nimfa & Purita. Norma graduated from Aroroy High School, Aroroy, Republic of the Philippines (RP). She graduated from Bicol Teachers College, Legaspi, Phillippines, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1957.
Norma entered the Maryknoll Sisters June 26, 1966 Maryknoll Sisters at their Quezon City novitiate. She professed First Vows June 22, 1969 in the Philippines and Final Vows September 2, 1972 in Chile. In 1970 she earned a Master of Science in Elementary Education from Abad Santos Education Institute, Manila, RP. Before entering, Norma had worked as a teacher for the Bureau of Public Schools, Aroroyo, Philippines, and at Maryknoll High School, Lupon, Philippines Maryknoll Sisters.
Invested with a strong sense of “bayanihan,” a basic value of Filipino people for working together in community, Sister Norma found this value significant in living out her life and mission as a Maryknoll Sister, exhibited, she says, by “ the daily faithfulness of doing just the ordinary activities with enthusiasm.”
Sister Norma’s first overseas mission assignment was to Chile in 1969. After language school in Bolivia, she went to Talcahuano, Chile, where she taught religion and English, and conducted team retreats for the youth. She was also advisor of youth leaders in the parish Confirmation program.
Returning to the Philippines for Renewal in 1981, Sister Norma did mission education in the Philippines. She shared her experiences in Chile with family and friends.
Assigned to the Center in NY to give Congregational Service in the Treasury Department at Maryknoll, NY from 1981-’84, and shared in the life of the Maryknoll Sisters Cloister for nine months.
Norma was assigned again to Santiago, Chile in 1984, she worked as administrator of the center house while giving courses in family prayer and ministry. In Pudahuel, Santiago, she worked on an urban pastoral team, animating Basic Ecclesial Communities. She supported small prayer and reflection groups called “Christ Missionary,” as well as a support group for women. Other pastoral work includesd helping refugees and visiting poor families, “really in need and really poor.” She then worked among the extreme urban poor in La Pincoya, a settlement in northern Santiago where she did catechetical work with young married couples and trained lay people for parish leadership roles.
On November 1, 2011, Sister Norma became a member of the Maryknoll Sisters Home Care Unit at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY, where she is in retirement.