Marife Padao

Ballymun

By Marife Padao

The author recently arrived home in the Philippines from Ireland with the other members of PH17 after their three-year assignment there. She wrote this article while still in Ireland.


Marife Padao

I was so happy when I received my mission appointment, because I had asked God to give me St Joseph’s Parish, Ballymun, Dublin, to be my home here in Ireland. I had a glimpse of what my life would be for three years there. I then made a list of work to do and who to work with.

My Missionary Life Is The Fruit Of A Dream

By Marife Padao

Marife ‘Epie’ Padao, a physical therapist by profession, is from Katipunan, Zamboanga del Sur,a former Columban parish in the Diocese of Pagadian, and is now working in the Columban parish in Dublin, Ireland. 

Leaving family in the province for greener pastures in the big city is quite common for a fresh college graduate to do.  It was 1997 in Manila when I volunteered at the Elderly Program in Payatas, Quezon City, where the Vincentian Fathers are based.  Payatas is the place where the trash slide happened in July 2000.  My purpose was to acquire a volunteer certificate for future use for applying abroad while doing my self-review for the board exam.