Jan 25 to 31 is Catholic Schools Week


Lt. Gov. Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres signed his first proclamation yesterday, designating Jan. 25 to 31 as Catholic Schools Week in the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa.

“I urge the faithful of the diocese to participate in observance of this week in appropriate ways that will help instill an awareness and appreciation of the values that Catholic education cultivates in our children, which enhance the quality of life for all our people,” Torres told students, teachers, and administrators after signing the proclamation. 

Mount Carmel School president Galvin Deleon Guerrero told Saipan Tribune that Catholic Schools Week is the “busiest week of the year” for the school as students will be participating in a myriad of activities. 

On Sunday, a Mass hosted by Mount Carmel School students will kick off the celebration, followed by community service activities on Monday, and honoring the school’s Teacher of the Year on Tuesday. The sole Catholic educational institution on Saipan will also honor servicemen as well as name the Distinguished AlumKnight of the Year at the annual “Night with the Knights” event at the end of next week. 

Guerrero explained the importance of the week for Catholic schools and said that the school aims to educate the whole child to see with Christ’s eyes.

“We want to help students develop as well-rounded people that are not just academically good but also socially, spiritually, personally, and morally [good],” he added.

Eskuelan San Francisco de Borja on Rota and the Sister Remedios Early Childhood Development Center will also join MCS in the celebration.

Sister Remedios principal and MCS alumna Bernardita Seman said the school is honored to participate in the weeklong celebration. “We have been always supportive of Catholic education and are excited to take part again,” she added.

Catholic Schools Week was started by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a national celebration. The theme for the event this year is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

Thomas Manglona II | Correspondent

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