Sister Magdalen Robles, O.P.
Sister Magdalen Robles, who served the Church as a Dominican Sister of Mission San Jose for 44 years, died Aug. 24 at the Dominican Sisters' Motherhouse in Fremont. She was 94.
A native of Cebu City in the Philippines, Sister Robles was a college student studying in Manila when the Japanese invaded the Philippines in December 1941. She escaped in a sailboat, traveling 22 days with friends to return to their home on Cebu Island. Her education was interrupted again after the war when her mother became seriously ill. The need to care for her elderly father brought her to San Francisco in 1967.
Three years later she realized her dream of becoming a religious. During her 44 years of service she served at St. Michael's Elementary School and San Gabriel Mission High School in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and St. Catherine's Academy in the Diocese of Orange. The last 13 years of her life were spent in a ministry of prayer at the Motherhouse.
"Sister Magdalen loved people, and was the devoted matriarch of her extensive family both in this country and the Philippines," according to a note of remembrance from her religious community.
The funeral Mass was held Aug. 29 in the Dominican Sisters' Chapel in Fremont. Donations may be made in Sister's name to Vision of Hope, the Dominican Sisters' Foundation for the support of inner city schools, at 1555 34th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601.
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