Sheena was born and raised in the Philippines, and she then moved to San Diego, CA when she was 10 years old. She attended the University of San Diego where she majored in International Relations. This year she will be serving as an Outreach Coordinator at the Augustinian Defenders of the Rights of the Poor in Philadelphia, PA. She chose to be an Augustinian Volunteer to put the needs of others before herself and to discern God’s greatest call for her. She is most looking forward to living in an intentional community and exploring the historical city of Philadelphia.
I, Sheena Cadua, commit myself to be an Augustinian Volunteer, to be patient and accept challenges in times of struggles, and to serve others without limitations.
Share one of your favorite quotes.
“True love is measured by the thermometer of suffering.” – Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska
How did you develop a passion for service?
Growing up, my mother taught me the importance of showing compassion to others and to be grateful to all life has to offer. My passion for service began when I was in college. I had an opportunity to volunteer at a local Catholic school as a tutor and a classroom aide. This experience inspired me to provide more service to other local charity groups.
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What’s a favorite book of yours or a recent book you read?
1984 by George Orwell
Share an issue you’re passionate about and why.
I am passionate about the pro-life movement. I believe that every human life is sacred, has dignity, and should not be threatened with violence or demeaned by oppression. Every aspect of life is created in the image and likeness of God. I came to care about this issue through my friends who invited me to pray the rosary in front of the abortion clinic.
Best moment as an AV to date?
One of the best moments I have had as an AV thus far is going and participating in a reflection called Adeodatus, hosted by the Restorative Justice Program at the Augustinian Defenders of the Right of the Poor. This program helps people who were previously incarcerated with their faith journey as they navigate the various challenges in their lives. At this event, I also met Fr. Paul Morrissey, who became my spiritual director. He offered to be my spiritual director in exchange for some help in his garden, which I gladly accepted.
What do you like most about living in your new city so far?
I have enjoyed getting to know the people I work with at the Augustinian Defenders of the Right of the Poor, St. Edmond’s Church and St. Anthony of Padua Regional Catholic School. Everyone that I have met so far in South Philadelphia is genuinely kind and welcoming.
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