First SSpS arrived at Tumleo Island on Palm Sunday, 26 march 1899. They were four of them: sr. Ursula, sr. Fridolina, sr. Valeria and sr. Martha.
They came in response to a call for help from the first six Divine Word Missionaries to the South Seas, who had arrived on Tumleo Island three years previously. Later sisters open new communities in Monumbo, Bogia and Alexishafen which became to be the Central Station.
During the World War II many missionaries in PNG lost their life, others experienced a lot of suffering. Those who survived were brought by an army ship to safe place. SSpS sisters returned to Papua New Guinea in 1946 and continued their mission.
In the process
Educational/professional preparation (minimum: Grade 12 with at least B in English and Mathematics; or else, a completed professional training).
An interested young woman, after some time of contact and discernment, can apply for a time of candidature (6-12 months). She lives in one of our communities and has an apostolate and possibly a paid job with which she contributes to the living expenses. One sister of the community is appointed to accompany her. She and her parents are to sign a candidacy contract.
After the candidature the candidate returns home for at least two months and decides whether to apply for postulancy.
Required documents for application:
- baptismal and confirmation certificate
- grade 12 certificate
- National Identification Card (also passport if possible)
- health examination (including HIV/STI test)
Duration: usually one year.
The postulant(s) and directress are part of one of our communities. The postulancy introduces to our religious-missionary life both in knowledge and experience. That is why time for work/apostolate and time for courses and sessions should be balanced, about 50/50.
To be brought along by postulant: travelling bag, suitcase, set of clothes, bed sheets, towels… as instructed by postulant directress.
During postulancy the postulant undergoes a psychological test.
After the postulancy the candidate returns home for at least one month and decides whether to apply for novitiate.
In the Philippines.
The first two to three years are spent in full-time ministry. If possible, the Sister in temporary vows is given real responsibility in community and ministry. A CCME (Cross-cultural Mission Experience) should be considered if possible (i.e. for those who have already a profession; or combined with overseas studies).
After Final Vows
Sisters who did not study theology/spirituality or related subjects in their professional preparation, are recommended to take a year of theology/spirituality or other suitable courses, possibly in the Philippines or India.