Sr. Eden Peñanueva op

Second Thoughts?

By Sr. Eden Peñanueva op

In 1987, my Dominican Superior invited five sisters to apply for the missions so I immediately applied but I did not get a positive response, instead I was assigned to help in the novitiate for almost three years. I resigned myself to the Will of God, but I made a secret promise to him: “Yes, I will forget this desire. However if there will be an opportunity to work in the mission one day, I will never say no.”

A God of Surprises

During the general Chapter in July 1990, Sr. Anne Marie Salomia, op who was assigned in Peru for almost one year was elected as one of the General Councilors in Canada and they needed one to replace her in Peru. So my Regional Superior, Sr. Bonifacia Tecson, called me up from Canada to ask if I was still willing to go to the missions. In was tongue-tied to hear such a question by phone. The saving factor was my secret promised to God. After a minute I said to Sr. Tecson, “Yes, I am willing.” That’s how it began...a yes to Him, the God of Surprises.