Sister Virginia Fabella, M.M.
Current Ministry Location-Phillipines
Sister Virginia is a well-respected theologian, writer and editor of various publications.
Sister Virginia Fabella was born in Manilla, Philippines. She graduated from Assumption Convent in Manila and received a B.S. degree from Mt. St. Vincent College, New York. Virginia taught high school and was a college instructor at Jose Rizal College (now Jose Rizal University) in Mandaluyong, Philippines for two years before entering the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation in 1952.
Sister Virginia was assigned to the Philippines in 1955 and taught at both the high school and college levels as well as being Registrar at Maryknoll College (now Miriam College). In 1963 she received her M.A. in Education from Ataneo de Manila. She was assigned to the Bolivia-Peru Region in 1965 and was Catechetical Supervisor of a parish school in Guayaramerin, Bolivia, and later Director of Santa Rosa School in Lima, Peru.
In 1970 she was named Director of the Maryknoll Mission Institute and was assigned to the Eastern U.S. Region in 1976 where she served in New York on the staff of the Theology in the Americas Project and as Program Coordinator for EATWOT (Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians).
She received her M.A. in Religious Studies in 1980 from the Maryknoll Seminary. In 1982 Sister Virginia was assigned to the Philippines and continued as Secretary, and later as Asia Coordinator for EATWOT. Sister Virginia received a Certificate in Pastoral Studies from Union Theological in Chicago in 1988 and her Ph.D. as Doctor of Ministry in Women’s Studies in 1993 from the San Francisco Theological Seminary. Her dissertation was “The Development of Women’s Theological Consciousness within the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians.” She served as Dean of the Institute of Formation and Religious Studies in the Philippines and has been on the Editorial Advisory Committee of In God’s Image, the official journal of Asian Women’s Resource Centre for Culture and Theology which is published in Kuala Lumpur.
Sister Virginia has worked to help women, especially poor women , achieve something more in life than mere existence in inhuman circumstances. In recent years she has been actively engaged in addressing ecological-environmental issues. She has also given significant addresses and lectures regarding ecumenism, theology, and culture and mission in Asia, Mexico, the United States and Rome.
Sister Virginia continues to edit books and articles for publication in the Philippines and New York.