first Baptistine missionaries in the Philippines arrived in
April 23, 1983 in response to the invitation of the Bishop of the
Diocese of Virac, Most Rev.
Jose C. Sorra, to serve the local church
and society, particularly
the poor and malnourished children.
The late Mother Alberta Stango,
general superior of that time,
sent the first two Italian Baptistine missionaries,
Sr. Aquilina Cascone and Sr. Ma. Cleofe Repucci,
to the Philippines to start their first mission community in the
town of Virac, Catanduanes.
They were later joined on October 29, 1983 by another set of
Baptistine missionaries from
Italy and Canada, Sr.
Josephine, Sr. Elvirita Vetrone and Sr. Lina Petrucelli,
who opened the mission community in Parañaque
in the Archdiocese of Manila.
As the local girls started to join and become professed sisters
in the Congregation, the
Baptistine communities in the Philippines expanded to the Archdiocese of
Cebu in 1989 and the Diocese of Imus in 1998.
The Philippine mission was officially erected as a Delegation in
1992. At the end of the
year 2000, the Philippine
Delegation has already established nine communities that are serving the
local church through the following ministries: teaching, youth and campus ministry, human promotion
especially of poor children and youth,
evangelization and catechesis,
family ministry and spiritual animation.
Filipina Baptistine Sisters serve not only in the local
church but also serve as missionaries in Italy, the United States
of America, Canada, Chile, Korea, Mexico, Madagascar and Moldova.