As you have been recently informed, we have two new people joining our St. Thomas More parish staff: Sr. Rosangela Ganau, FMIJ and Fr. Victorino Coronado. Sr. Rosangela will be helping to coordinate our catechetical program (religious education) and Fr. Victorino will reside at the rectory while primarily working as chaplain to St. Mary’s Catholic Home, Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital and Jefferson Stratford Hospital. I thought that you would like to know a little more about each of them.
From Sister Rosangela:
I’m Sister Rosangela Ganau, a Franciscan Missionary Sister of the Infant Jesus (FMIJ), born, educated and trained in Italy. Now I am a citizen of the world. I have spent 34 years outside my own country, in various nations and continents. I have gone wherever the Lord--through the voice of my Superiors--has sent me. My prior service/mission was mostly in education, catechesis, formation and social services.
The many, different experiences, cultures and people I have encountered have greatly formed me! YES, I think it is more of what I have received than what I have given that I increasingly consider an undeserved, beautiful, precious GIFT from my God and Lord Jesus.
I am happy now to be here in the USA, where I share the Franciscan way of life in prayer, community and mission with the FMIJ sisters of Cherry Hill. This is now my community where we sisters try to grow together in the Lord, through our Franciscan vocation and mission.
I have willingly accepted to journey with all of you here at St Thomas More Parish. I pray we try together to open ourselves more and more to the love we receive from Jesus through the Eucharist, His Word, the Sacraments, and the events and persons that surround us. Then we can share this love with a missionary heart with our own family and to everyone.
I personally thank Sr. Clare, our FMIJ sister, who for so many years, with competence and loving dedication gave herself for the good of the parish and for each one she has encountered in her ministry. I, also, thank her with you for the generous support she continues to give us. May the Lord keep her in His Heart and give her all the blessings and gifts she needs.
Fr. Victorino Coronado was born in the Philippines. He studied for the priesthood at Maryhill School of Theology in Manila and was ordained on March 27, 1995 by Bp. Albert Biamonte for the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM). Some of his previous assignments included: parochial vicar at Our Lady of Peace, Williamstown; chaplain at Cooper Medical Center, Camden; coordinator of the Filipino Apostolate; parochial vicar at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Lindenwold; parochial vicar at Saint Bridget, Glassboro; parochial vicar at St. Rose of Lima, Haddon Heights and parochial vicar at Saint Andrew the Apostle, Gibbsboro. He also previously did mission work in Haiti. He will be helping us with a weekend Mass and a daily Mass and at various other times where his schedule permits.
Please pray for Sr. Rosangela and Fr. Victorino as we welcome them to our parish family.
Fr. Ed Namiotka