Sister Mary Rose-Alice Escote OCD

A Little Story

By Sister Mary Rose-Alice Escote OCD

Ireland has sent many missionaries, including Carmelite friars, to the Philippines in the last 100 years. Here is one of three ‘little stories’ of Carmelite contemplative missionaries from the Philippines in Ireland.

At the baccalaureate graduation Mass at UST, Manila, after I finished a two-year course in Religious Education, I signed the profession of faith in red ink to signify by the color of blood that I wouldn’t refuse any offer when asked to go on mission.

When I entered Davao Carmel, I thought that was the end. It was unheard of for contemplatives to go on mission. Besides, my health remained delicate although I wasn’t sickly.