“‘Can I do something like that?’ I feel the Lord is calling me to be an FMA (Salesian Sister), and I am happy in my journey.” - Teresa
Growing up in a Buddhist household in rural Cambodia, Saren Teresa first engaged with the Salesian Sisters when they provided her with the opportunity to continue her education into high school in a larger town, as her village had no further education opportunities. After completing a teacher training course, Teresa continued to work with the Salesian Sisters, teaching Maths and Physics to elementary and high school students. Through this work, Teresa continued to experience the love and care of the Salesian Sisters, leading her to the Catholic faith, and realising her call to religious life.
Now a novice with the Salesian Sisters, Teresa is following her calling, having been inspired by their love and care for her and those in need. One of her passions is education, especially for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. As a novice, Teresa has been able to reach out to children through providing education support for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, catechism classes for faith formation, and more recently, providing food packages to families in need who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Teresa’s outreach to the community has been through distributing staple food packages for families in need.
Teresa also supports catechism classes for young women.
The challenges of COVID-19 have impacted the way in which novices undergo their formation and education.
Prayer is an integral part of the life of a Church leader.
Teresa is one of many novices around the world that are undergoing critical formation, education and outreach experiences to become religious sisters. These women work tirelessly to support the needs of others, provide love and care, and advocate for the voiceless. Their time as novices helps to prepare them for a life of service for others; it is essential training that will help them as religious sisters. Your gift today can help support this journey by contributing towards the cost of formation and education for novices like Teresa.
Please give generously today to support novices on their journey to becoming religious sisters and Church leaders. Your non-tax-deductible gift can support the education and faith-formation of novices, seminarians and catechists, as well as other community-focused programs. Should you require a tax-deductible receipt, your gift can support community-focused programs like education and healthcare for those in most need.