Sister Teresa Dagdag

Sister Teresa Dag Dag, M.M.

Current Ministry Location-Maryknoll Sisters Center

Sister Teresa was born in Manila, Philippines, and joined the Maryknoll Sisters from the Diocese of Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija, in 1966. As a missioner, Sister Teresa was assigned in 1969 to Hong Kong, where she taught in Maryknoll Convent School and also studied Cantonese for two years..From 1972 to 1982, Sister Teresa’s ministry was with industrial workers, starting with work in a toy factory while residing in a crowded resettlement area where the Young Workers Center, which she started, was located.

She was asked to coordinate the Women Workers Program of the Christian Conference of Asia-Urban Rural Mission based in Hong Kong, and traveled to several Asian countries to do education, organization and advocacy work promoting industrial women workers rights.

In 1984, an assignment to the Philippines found Sister Teresa working with women in Baguio City, initially with the Social Action Center of the Vicariate for three years. She then founded the IGOROTA Foundation for the gender education and organization of indigenous women.

At the Maryknoll Sisters General Assembly at Maryknoll, NY in 1990, Sister Teresa was elected to the Central Governing Board and served in this ministry until 1997. She returned to the Philippines and engaged in ministry for parish youth in her home city and diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija where she facilitated access to education through scholarships for students from poor families.

Sister Teresa also did doctoral studies in Anthropology part-time, finishing her research in adolescent sexuality at the University of the Philippines, graduating in April, 2007, with a Ph.D. in anthropology. From 2006 to 2009, Sister Teresa was director of the Maryknoll Sisters Center for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, which is our ecological center in Baguio City.

Sister Teresa was also a consultant to the Miriam Identity, Spirituality and Mission Office at Miriam (formerly Maryknoll) College. She also facilitated an “education and livelihood” program for young mothers in Jalajala, Rizal. In October 2009 when a typhoon struck, Sister Teresa worked in a relief and rehabilitation ministry there.

In 2011, Sister Teresa was assigned to work with the Commission for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) in Rome for the Unions of Superiors General of Men and Women Religious. Her new assignment aims to promote the values of the Reign of God – justice, peace, and love not merely care for human care but for Earth care.

The European experience is one of learning a mixture of languages, which is a challenge. Justice and Peace work continues to engage Sister Teresa in meetings of Working Groups reflecting systematically on Anti-Trafficking issues, Peace, Economic Justice, FAO (food security and food sovereignty issues), and integrity of Creation and many other concerns.

Recently, Sister Teresa told about her work in a reflection she prepared for Maryknoll’s Office for Global Concerns.

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