Sr. Runita G. Borja was born on June 5, 1966 in Manila, Philippines. She grew up in an ambient permeated by the Salesian Spirit -- the FMA Youth Center and the Salesian Parish. She was an active oratorian/youth leader/catechist and participated enthusiastically in the life of the parish. Both her parents were committed Salesian Cooperators. She is the eldest child. She has a sister and three brothers, two of whom are Salesian priests.
She finished a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas in Manila. She was already working as a certified public accountant when she decided to enter the Institute in 1988. She made her first profession on May 23, 1992. She spent the first 9 years of religious life in the Philippine Province as religion teacher, accountant, and provincial coordinator of Youth Ministry. She obtained her Master’s degree in Theological Studies from the Jesuit school, Ateneo de Manila University.
In 2001, she was sent to the Generalate in Rome for studies and finished her Master’s degree in Youth Ministry from the Università Pontificia Salesiana. From 2004 to 2014, she actively collaborated in the Youth Ministry Sector of the Institute giving her best contribution in the reflection as well as in the animation of many provinces.
Right after her service in the Generalate, Mother Yvonne sent her as missionary in the Province of Cambodia-Myanmar where she only stayed for some months and received another mission from the “God of surprises.” On the first week of February 2015, she was appointed as new Councillor for Youth Ministry by Mother Yvonne with the consent of her Council and in accordance with Art. 134 of the FMA Constitutions “the substitution, until the next General Chapter, of a General Councillor who has died or who is permanently prevented from attending to her duties.”
Sr. Runita, who has always been ready to do God’s will, gave her “Yes” after some moments of prayer and reflection, abandoning herself entirely to the wisdom and goodness of God, with her eyes fixed on Jesus.