Biography of Mother Elena O. Suico

Lina was born on September 23, 1938 to poor parents, Esteban Suico and Eufrocina Omamalin in Tongo, San Fernando, Cebu. Her parents, although poor were both very industrious and practicing Catholic Christians. They taught their eight children to be prayerful and God - fearing. The family pray every morning and evening.

Esteban was a farmer, a fisherman and a carpenter. He sometimes went to Bacolod, Misamis Oriental and Davao for carpentry job. Eufrocina busied herself with selling "sari-sari" goods, salted fish and tobacco.

Most of the sibling grew up in Panadtaran, San Fernando, near the sea where the family had a small land. So the children were familiar with the high and low tides. During low tides, they gathered crabs, small fish and sea shells which were of great joy for them.

In 1954, Esteban and Eufrocina brought their 5 children (3 where already married) to Mindanao in Punta Silum, Manticao, Misamis Oriental where Esteban was made care-taker of a big coconut plantation. The place was beautiful and peaceful and they lived in a house near the sea. There were always plenty of fresh fish to the delight of the family.

Lina who graduated valedictorian from Grade VI was helped to study by two priests, Rev. Fr. Joaquin Resma and Rev. Fr. Peter Wang along with other 4 young girls who like her wanted to be nuns. But of the five, only Lina persevered.

In 1961, Lina entered the convent of Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM). She took her religious profession on August 15, 1964. As member to the Congregation, she was assigned as librarian, cashier, teacher and as principal of the different RVM schools.

In 1978, Sister Lina asked and was given a year leave of absence to give way to her desire to teach and help the poor. With two companions, a teacher and a catechist, she offered to the Parish priest of Sta. Monica, in Angat, Bulacan to teach Catechism. Aside from teaching catechism, they also had apostolate with the poor families. At the end of her leave of absence, she asked for total separation from her Congregation and continued her apostolate in the parish of Angat.

In early 1982, her name was changed to Elena following the passport which she used abroad , she went to Madrid, Spain to work for the support of her group and went back to the Philippines in May 1983. The group which she founded was first called Handmaids of the Divine Savior because of her devotion to the Suffering Christ but was changed by the Bishop of the Diocese of Malolos to Handmaids of the Divine Word when his Excellency assigned them to take charge of the Biblical Apostolate.

In 1992, Sister Elena with other 2 professed members decided to leave the Diocese of Malolos leaving 6 members to Bishop Cirilo Almario. They went to Manila and stayed at the house of Mrs. Juliana Cruz, aunt of Sister Lucy Santos one of them. For their daily masses, they went to Lourdes Church of the Capuchin priests.

On the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25, 1992, the three Sisters were received by Msgr. Fidelis Limcaco, Founder to the Holy Trinity Federation of which he was the Founder. They were strongly recommended by Msgr. Roger Abasolo, the Parish Priest of San Roque Parish, Blumentrit, Manila. They changed their name to Trinitarian Handmaids of the Divine Word and became devoted to the Holy Trinity. They were under the Archdiocese of Manila.

In 1993, Mother Elena founded the Holy Trinity Home for Children to take care of the destitute, abandoned, orphaned and street children.

Thanks to the Holy Trinity, membership increased allowing Mother Elena and her Religious Community to open houses in other Dioceses such as:

1996 DON BOSCO, Trancoville, Baguio City Vicariate of Baguio-Benguet
Most Rev. Ernesto A. Salgado, D.D.
Clarin, Bohol Diocese of Tagbilaran
Most Rev. Leopoldo S. Tumulak, D.D.
1997 #3 Francisco Ave., Merry Homes
Subd., Brgy. Sauyo, Novaliches, Q.C.
Archdiocese of Manila
Jaime Cardinal Sin, D.D.
1998 Marjoram St., Maria Makiling Green
Heights Subd., La Mesa, Calamba, Laguna
Diocese of San Pablo
Most Rev. Francisco C. San Diego, D.D.
1998 General Santos City Diocese of Marbel
Most Rev. Dinualdo D. Gutierrez, D.D.
2001 Jacksonville, Florida, USA Diocese of St. Augustine
Most Rev. Victor B. Galeon, D.D.
2004 L4 B3 Accountant St., Merry Homes
Subd., Sauyo, Novaliches, Q.C.
Diocese of Novaliches
Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias, D.D.
2005 L4 B4 Accountant St., Merry Homes
Subd., Sauyo, Novaliches, Q.C.
Diocese of Novaliches
Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias, D.D.
2008 Holy Trinity Shrine & Holy Trinity Convent
Campaog, Pitalo, San Fernando, Cebu
Archdiocese of Cebu
Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal, D.D.
2009 Mount Calvary
Campaog, Pitalo, San Fernando, Cebu
Archdiocese of Cebu
Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal, D.D.