A Medical and Religious Life
By Sr. Ricca Dimalibot

      Sr. Ricca Dimalibot, CCVI, is both a Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word and a medical doctor. She is now a resident at Houston’s Methodist Hospital specializing in family medicine. She entered the Incarnate Word congregation in 1999 and made her first profession four years ago. Her final profession will be one year from now.

      Ricca was born in the Philippines. Her mother was a religious teacher, who inspired Ricca to read a children’s picture bible. She later became active in the church as a choir member, lector, lay minister, youth ministry, member of The Lay Franciscans, and leader of a prayer group, and more. When in high school, she went to Mass every day. However, one of the things her mother told her was not to become a nun because her family expected her to support her younger family members.

      However, her aunt, a nun, was her inspiration.

      After graduation from medical school in the Philippines she had lots of time to think. A friend inspired her to join a Catholic revival group, where she participated in the glow.

      She came from the Philippines to the United States in 1994 with the help of her brother, who is also a Houston physician. She worked as a medical technologist and physician’s assistant. On the advice of a priest, a Jesuit, she consulted the vocation director of her order, who invited Ricca to visit her. After the meeting, she decided that becoming a nun was very interesting. Two years after attending a Life Awareness meeting she entered the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

      Ricca thought she would never practice medicine again. She went to St. Louis, Missouri, where she received a degree in theology, and later went to Alexandria, Louisiana. Then a chance to re-enter medicine appeared. Ricca feels opportunity came from God.

      In Spetember, Ricca will go to Kenya as a medical missionary where she will serve with join in her twin professions.

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