The Congregation of the Sisters of St.
Paul of Chartres is an institute of apostolic life in the Church.
Founded in 1696 in France by Father Louis Chauvet, parish priest of
a small village, Levesville-la-Chenard, they were called to Chartres
by the Bishop, Paul Godet des Marais, given the name Sisters of St.
Paul of Chartres, with St. Paul the Apostle as their Patron and the Blessed
Virgin Mary as their Model and Protectress. Dedicated to education,
care of the sick and ministry among the underprivileged, the
Congregation of more than 4000 sisters today serve in 32 countries
in six continents of the world.
Province is a hundred and ten years old this year. Invited to the
Philippines by Bishop Frederick Z. Rooker for the "protection of the
faith" the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres were the first of the European
Congregations to come to the Philippines at the onset of the
American Regime. They arrived on 29 October 1904 in Dumaguete,
Negros Oriental. Instituto de San Pablo became the first of more
than a hundred mission houses they would open in their first 100
years in the Philippines.
Today, more than 500 Filipino Sisters
of St. Paul of Chartres run 60 houses in the country with 44 schools, 11 health
care facilities, 11 pastoral centers and 9 houses under the Provincialate. Thirty-nine houses are in Luzon, 8 in the Visayas and
12 in Mindanao. Several Sisters serve the greater Church in various
capacities as managers and organizers of Church Programs. Under the
Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, they assist at the
National Secretariat for Social Action, Family Life Ministry,
Ministry among Migrant Workers, Religious Education, Catechetics,
formation of campus ministers and catechists, advocacy work for
indigenous groups, and communication media. With the Association of
Major Religious, they look to the promotion of women, street
children and other marginalized groups. Sixty-seven Filipino St.
Paul Sisters serve in 18 mission countries which include Central
Africa, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, France, England, Haiti, Ireland,
Italy, Thailand, Hongkong, Japan, the United States, Hawaii,
Indonesia, East Timor, Dubai, Congo and Israel.
pastoral workers, missionaries, servants of the Church - this is the
Philippine Province of the Congregation today.
(From Bread for the World)