The administration, faculty and staff, students, board of directors, and parents of Eskuelan San Francisco de Borja recently showed their love and appreciation for their founding father, Rev. Monsignor Louis Antonelli, for being a great shepherd over God’s people in the Luta community during his celebration of his 95th birthday.
The ESFDB family sponsored a special Mass and hosted a birthday celebration in honor of Rev. Monsignor Antonelli during a 9am service.
The longest pastor in the Luta community served in both parishes, being a past administrator for San Francisco de Borja Church and now the pastor of San Isidro Church.
In 1985, Rev. Monsignor Antonelli supplicated the Sisters of Mercy in Guam, whom he fervently wished to have companions in Church ministry, to come to Luta and assist him in Church work and set up a modest Catholic Day Care Center for the community.
Under the Education Act of 1988, ESFDB was granted its first charter to operate as a non-profit educational institution with all rights and privileges. The school was granted its first business license to engage in the operation of a Catholic school.
Eighteen years later, the vision of the school’s founding father continues to shine even in the midst of a crippled economy.
"He’s a wonderful priest and his legacy in Church ministry and the religious education of the children of the Luta community will live on," said ESFDB administrator/principal Carmen H. Atalig. “His countless baptisms, confirmations, marriages, hospital and house visits to the elderly and sick, and funerals performed during his career have touched our Luta community parishioners in one way or another. That’s his legacy."
Rev. Monsignor Antonelli is also known for his trademark punch, called “The Pennsylvania Punch.” His trademark can still leave a mark and pain even at the age of 95.
The administration and board of directors would like to express their appreciation to the parents, PTO, Mayor Melchor Mendiola, Rota Mayor’s Office staff, and James Manglona. (ESFDB)