Sr. Irma Cruz, Msc.
Religion Teacher
About The Teacher
Hi! I’m Sr. Loreto Irma Cruz. Family and friends call me Sr. Irma. I have been a religious sister of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacro Costato for twenty three (23) years.

 Raised a Catholic from birth, I had my primary and secondary education in a Catholic School and obtained my degree of Bachelor of Science in Food Technology from the renowned University of the Philippines. I worked for nine (9) years in a food exporting company as their department head for Research and Development and Quality Control prior to entering the Congregation in 1992.

As a religious, I have been teaching and coordinating catechesis to the poor urban families in Manila, both children and adults. I was also involved in parish activities as choir coordinator. Simultaneously, I took additional course units and obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Religious Education in Siena College which was run by the Dominicans. Then, I was transferred to the Visayan region and taught Religious Studies to freshman and junior college students at the Aklan Catholic College.

In addition, I taught Religion to 4th grade students at the Sun Yat Sen School in Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines and was involved in campus and youth ministry. From there, I was sent to Italy to prepare for my final vows after which I was appointed to serve as a religious formator/instructress to young women in the initial stages of their religious life. I gave in-house training and instructions on matters of faith, prayer, Scriptures and religious life.

As a help for this work, I did further studies for a Master’s degree in Psychology but, needing only a thesis to finish, had to postpone it due to many other responsibilities. I was missioned in 2008 to Indonesia where I continued to be actively involved in the youth ministry, religious formation as well as in the parishes, as a Special Minister of the Eucharist and giving catechesis to the poor.

Serving in the school is a delight for me because it is my way of giving back what I have received from my own education. I have always believed in the integral formation of a person. At St. Luke, we not only form their mind and intellect but we also help nourish their heart and soul. Teaching religion is an avenue for me to respond to the Church’s call to evangelization, not only through words but more so, by helping create an environment for the children to experience God’s unconditional love for each of them. This, I believe, could strengthen and deepen their faith and hope in our loving God.

In my free time, I read, listen to music, play the guitar, do a little gardening or simply enjoy the company of the sisters in my community.

Looking forward to another year of learning, experiencing and growing in the Lord!

Contact me at:

srirma@stlukestockton.com