‘Truth uplifts dignity of the person,’ Thomasian nun says on silver jubilee anniversary

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Sr. Regina Kuizon, a religious sister of the Good Shepherd, celebrates her 25th anniversary. Photo by Pearl Anne M. Gumapos

A THOMASIAN nun said truth uplifts the dignity of the human person as she celebrated her 25th jubilee anniversary as a Good Shepherd sister last April 22.

Sr. Regina Kuizon, a journalism alumna of UST and former Varsitarian assistant publications adviser,  said the truth is based on God’s righteousness and not on people’s interests.

“[I]t was the pursuit of truth that guided me in every article that I wrote. [T]he truth that is based on God’s righteousness and not our selfish interests. They must uplift the dignity of the person. If the person has committed wrong especially if a public official, that wrong must be denounced, but that person ought to be challenged to reform, to change his or her ways, and return to righteousness,” Kuizon told the Varsitarian in an interview.

She added: “The challenge to all of us is continue to be prophetic at this time: to proclaim the truth and to denounce what is evil.”

Kuizon reminded how the Catholic vocation is present in everyone, mirroring Pope Francis’ statement on how God continually comes to encounter his people.

“The Christian vocation always has been prophetic in nature [a]nd in recent days, our prophetic role has been put to the test,” Kuizon said.

The provincial superior of the Religious of the Good Shepherd, Kuizon expressed support for Sr. Patricia Fox, the Australian missionary nun who was recently detained due to her alleged participation in rallies against government policies.

“We have concerns that a fellow religious was being harassed. We stand with Sr. Patricia Fox of the Our Lady of Sion and all human rights defenders,” she said.

Fox is the co-founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion and has been doing missionary work in the Philippines for 27 years.

Kuizon was formerly based in Rome, Italy and worked as director of Communications of the Religious of the Good Shepherd from 2003 to 2009 before she became the provincial superior. Today, she is also the co-chairwoman of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines.

She served as the Varsitarian’s Special Reports editor from 1982 to 1983 and assistant publications adviser from 1985 to 1990.

The Religious of the Good Shepherd, formally known as the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, has almost 4,000 sisters in 70 countries.

 

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