Lay Associates


Vision Statement
Called to follow Christ through a deepening of their commitment to the Gospel, the Lay Associates of the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of the Philippines is a group of men and women who take responsibility of the pursuit of their sanctification and that of their neighbors based on the charism of the Dominican Sisters and the teachings of the church.
Mission Statement

Associates of the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of the Philippines, HawaiiRegion, participate in the spirituality of St. Dominic and Mother Rosario while maintaining their own vocation and lifestyle. Committed to deepening their personal prayer life, involvement in their parish community, and the service of charity, Associates share in the mission and spirituality of the Congregation. Working together, they live out the charism of the Sisters: To contemplate and share the fruits of their contemplation as authentic witnesses to the Truth. Both Associates and the Vowed members mutually support, enrich and challenge each other to live the fullness of their response to the Gospel in today’s world.


Catholic men and women
Twenty one years old and over
Individuals who embrace the teaching of the Catholic Church
Individuals who are drawn to live a fuller spiritual life through association with a religious community
Individuals who desire to deepen their own vocation and lifestyle
Individuals who possess a desire to share their gifts with the church through the spirituality of the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary
What do Associates do?
• Pray:
• Have a personal prayer life in the spirit of St. Dominic
• Pray with the Church through morning and evening prayer

• Participate in the Eucharist every Sunday and as often as possible

• Are involved in their parish community

• Attend monthly meetings

• Participate in various community celebrations

• Devote sometime to the service of charity in the spirit of St. Dominic and Mother Rosario, the foundress of the Dominican Sisters.

To become a lay associate there are two stages of formation:

First Stage:

Initial Six-Month Orientation Sessions

Through two-hour sessions that include input, sharing, discussion and prayer, the person is initiated into:

• the meaning of a lay associates program

• the Christian Call to holiness

• the life and works of the Dominican Sisters

Second Stage:

Once the person has discerned that she/he seriously wants to become part of the lay associates program, she/he begins a two-year formation program process that includes:

• study of the documents of the Church on the laity

• charism and the history of the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary

• retreats

• ministry opportunities



By Sr. Rosario Tuvida, O.P.

The Holy Angels Dominican Lay Associates joined the Sisters from St. Charles and Holy Angels in the daily Rosary Novena and prayer for Mother Rosario on September 28 to October 6, 2009. On October 7 we celebrated the Feast of the Holy Rosary and the Launching of the Canonization of Mother Rosario. Fr. Warlito Namo was the main celebrant of the liturgy and Msgr. Jose Rodriquez was the homilist. Msgr. Jose gave an inspiring homily on our Blessed Mother and Mother Rosario.

We have 21 active members of Lay Associates that meet every third Sunday of the month. One new member was installed on October 7 during the Mass of the Holy Rosary Feastday. We ended the celebration with fellowship and dinner.

Saturday, October 10, 2009 2009 a Public Square Rosary Crusade was held at Holy Angels Church. The purpose of this Crusade is to stop the secularist advance and pray to God for help. He will hear us, if we pray through the intercession of His Blessed Mother. The Dominican Lay Associates and some Sisters joined the public square rosary crusade. They prayed the rosary outside the church facing the street.

In “The Secret of the Rosary,” Saint Louis de Montfort said: “Public prayer is far more powerful than private prayer to appease the anger of God and call down His mercy and Holy Mother Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, he has always advocated public prayer in times of public tragedy and suffering.”

This was coordinated nationally by Tradition Family Property and its America Needs Fatima campaign.

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For more information contact:

Sr. Emma Quejada, O.P. & Sr. Oliva Fuentes, O.P.
Dominican Center Hawaii
94-1249 Lumikula St.
Waipahu, HI 96797
Telephone: (808) 676-1452

Sr. Georgina Delgado, O.P.
St. Joseph Convent
57 Dominican Lane
Makawao, Maui 96768
Telephone: (808) 572-8454

Sr. Rosario Tuvida, O.P. & Sr. Otelia Fortaleza, O.P.
Holy Angels Convent
20 Reiner Street
Colma, CA 94014
Telephone: (650) 755-2712

Sr. Esther Pagdato, O.P. & Sr. Jeanette Loria, O.P.
St. Charles Convent
3270 18 th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Telephone: (415) 863-7233

Sr. Candelaria Perania, O.P. & Sr. Viviana Parnoncillon, O.P.
St. John the Baptist Convent
2340 Omilo Lane
Hoolulu. HI 96819
Telephone:(808) 845-2622

Sr. Imelda Sorianosos, O.P.
St. Elizabeth Convent
99-310 Moanalua Road
Aiea, HI 96701
Telephone: (808)487-3131

Sr. Benedicta Sanchez, O.P. & Sr. Bernardine Perez, O.P.
House of Aloha Convent
86-569 Paheehee Rd.
Waianae, HI 96792
Telephone: (808) 696-3021

Contact Us

Holy Angels Convent
20 Reiner St.
Colma, CA 94014
(650) 755-2712/(650) 755-0220