Conversation with a sister - 5th Grade Teacher S. Jane, OP in the News

S. Jane Marie Estoesta, OP, teacher of 5th grade and 4-5th grade Religion, St. Simon School, in Los Altos, California


What is the joy you find in teaching?  I have taught in Catholic schools in the dioceses of Los Angeles, Orange, Oakland, and now San Jose. Every year I am blessed with a new group of students with energy, eagerness, and trust. Each child is a concrete outpouring of God’s love. It is a privilege and a responsibility to help inform and shape future citizens and leaders of our society. I love it when students pose meaningful questions. I tell my students, “I love studying and learning, too!” Ultimately, it’s the way I “put skin on” the gospel-live the Word of God-that gives credibility to my school ministry.

How did you discover your vocation? Raised in a Catholic family, I attended a Catholic high school in the Philippines but never met a sister until my junior retreat. A certain joy touched my heart when I heard two sisters speak at a career seminar. I tried not to consider religious life, though, because I thought I wasn’t the “type.” My college years becoming a teacher were times of self-discovery. Involvement in student organizations made me aware of the joy in serving others. We organized health projects in Manila and other poverty-stricken communities, and I met several congregations and began to consider religious life retreats.  I love being a Dominican Sister.  I love God, and I love what I do as a Catholic school educator.

From In Common, the Fall 2015 publication of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, (page 11).  To learn more about the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, go to https://www.msjdominicans.org/