Sr. CANTU, Teresina FDCC
董 修 女
1908 年 10
Death of Mother Teresina Cantu’
Canossian Daughter of Charity
News has come from the Canossian Rest House, Vimercate, Italy, announcing that Mother Teresina Cantu’ died peacefully on 6 May 1990.
Mother Teresina was well known by the people of Hong Kong; she spent over 43 years as a Missionary Sisters here. Three years age, she went on what she thought would be a short home-leave to visit her invalid sister; but Superiors, considering her age, her deteriorating health, and the risk of voyage back because of her weak heart, persuaded her to continue there her apostolic life of prayer and offering for souls. This was a very great sacrifice for Mother M. Teresina, who loved her Hong Kong dearly, but it was God’s will.
Mother Teresina was born 81 years ago in Saronno near Milan, into a simple family of six children, rich in faith, honesty and hard work. In her ardent youth in the ranks of Catholic Action, she felt God’s call to a total gift of herself for the far Mission Lands. In 1930, on her twenty-second birthday, she joined the Novitiate for the Missions of the Canossian Institute, an Institute completely unknown to her, but to which she had been guided by God.
After her religious training and First Religious Profession, in Pavia, she followed a Teacher Training Course, and a few months later, at the end of 1933, left her mother land for the land of her call.
St. Mary’s School, Kowloon, was her first missions field. She remained there for twenty years, among the little ones of the Kindergarten and Primaries. Then obedience brought her, for three years, to the little children of Santa Rose, Laguna, the Philippines, in the primords of its foundation. In 1957, she was back again to her beloved Hong Kong, this time with the Primaries of St. Francis’, Wanchai, and later, in 1961, at Sacred Heart Convent, Hong Kong.
Children felt at home with Mother Teresina, and she with
them. Her warm-hearted and happy nature, ever cheerful, lively and loving,
attracted them to her, and through them, she would reach their parents,
reminding them, at times frankly and yet kindly, of their duties. They would
always take it well from Mother Teresina; she was loved.
18 May 1990
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