January 11, 2016
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER
As a child growing up in the Philippines, Mara Ubalde rejoiced whenever she saw the sisters of the Religious of the Virgin Mary. Their visibility in their long habits was significant to the young Ubalde, whose first attraction to enter religious life came, not through the sisters, but because of her love for the movie The Sound of Music. Now called Sister Maria Mara Ubalde, the Edmonton-based junior member of the congregation no longer looks up to Maria of The Sound of Music, but like all members of the congregation, takes her first name and inspiration from Mary, mother of Jesus, the patron of the congregation.