DSI Welcomes NEW International Promoter of Justice and Peace

Sr Cecilia Espenilla, O.P.

Sr. Cecilia Espenilla, O.P. has been appointment by Dominican Sisters International (DSI) as the International Promoter of Justice and Peace for a three-year term (2017-2020).  We are most grateful to her Prioress and the sisters of her Congregation for freeing Sr. Cecile for this mission.

Sr. Cecilia is a sister of the Congregation of St. Catherine of Siena, Philippines. She is a former DSI Continental Coordinator and International Promoter for Justice & Peace for Asia Pacific. Sister begins her work with DSI on September 1, 2017 after serving her Congregation in various leadership capacities, apostolates in education, and the work of Justice and Peace at Congregational, Diocesan, regional and international levels.  In recent years, she has become best known for her extensive work in the fight against human trafficking.

Sr. Cecilia holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce – Accounting from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Master of Arts Degree in Theological Studies from Steneo de Manila University, Manila, and she is currently a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Educational Leadership & Management at the De La Salle University, Manila. 

With gratitude, sentiments of attachment and friendship, we bid Farewell to Sr. Celestina Veloso Freitas, O.P.

Many thanks to Sr. Celestina for the many gifts that she brought to the Office of the International Promoter for Justice and Peace during these past four years.  The many whom she touched with her passion for justice and those with whom she collaborated will, am sure, greatly miss her when she leaves us at the end of September.  

Our heartfelt gratitude to Sr. Natividad Martinez De Castro, General Prioress of Dominicas de la Anunciata (Sr. Celestina’s Congregation) for making Sr. Celestina available to all of our member congregations and the entire Dominican Family.  Sr. Tina, we will continue to build upon this treasured investment that you have made in DSI, especially in your efforts at peace building and dialogue. We pray that the Lord continues to make the work of your hands and heart fruitful and bless you and your congregation abundantly.


(3 August 017)