MCS celebrates MMB legacy with poetry


Mount Carmel School is joining the continuing celebration of the 90th Anniversary of the arrival of the Merdedarian Missionaries of Berriz, or the MMB sisters, on Saipan. The school recently held a series of contests that invited students to reflect on the impact of the MMB sisters on Saipan and their school. Winners will be announced during a special May 4 Mass for May Crowning. Featured here are the poems of middle school students Robin Alvarez, Lynzey Green, and Hannah Laca—the finalists for the poetry contest.
Along with Fr. Arnold Bendowski, the MMB sisters were the founding mothers of the school who served as teachers and administrators when the school opened in 1952. Over the years, the MMB sisters have continued to help as teachers, facilitators for student retreats, and spiritual advocates who keep the school in their prayers.
To honor the work the MMB sisters have done, the school challenged students to reflect on the theme, “The MMB Legacy: Looking Back and Looking Forward, What Will Your Mission Be?” 


You have sailed far,
Out into other worlds.
To spread the word of God,
For many centuries to come.

You built many churches and schools,
To teach the children of God.
To know his good deeds,
You inspired many of us.

Because of your doings,
We had our only Catholic school on island.
We got to know you well,
From a place on the other side of the world.

God has called you,
To be his servants.
That your one and only job,
Is to teach us about our mysterious God.

It has been 90 years since your voyage,
To travel around the world.
We hope you will do this,
For many centuries to come.


A community of devoted women, 
who gave up everything to travel land and sea;
to spread the good news;
to implant seeds of God in people; to grow beautiful human beings. 

A community of loving, nice, helpful women,
who had nothing to gain 
but helping others grow and prosper 
become stronger in their faith. 

They traveled all over 
to a small island called Saipan; 
They traveled all over 
to lend a helping hand 

Like a four leaf clover, 
special and rare 
they worked so hard they had no time to spare. 

On March 4, 90 years ago 
Five women far from home arrived on Saipan and got right down to task. 
No time to waste; time raced 
with a new mission at hand
they planned to do as God commanded
to teach, to preach, to let others know, 
give young girls knowledge to grow, grow, grow! 

They have made many achievements here on Saipan; 
being the building blocks of our island’s Catholic faith, 
creating institutions that still lie here today.

They were fierce, brave, dependent woman, 
their work of pilgrimage will never be forgotten; 
it holds a special place in our hearts, 
that set them apart from the rest to be the best of the best!


The love of God is what they believed in
The love that Christ gave them
The love that inspired them to keep moving forward

Moving everywhere, spreading the word 
Of God
Gaining followers from around the world.
Wanting to spread His teaching even more
They moved to Saipan.

It was a struggle trying to stay safe.
War and danger surrounded them.
Dodging bullets and bombs everywhere
They went.

Many lives were lost and some injured.
Yet they still kept on going 
Knowing that God was still with them.

If the war couldn’t stop them 
What could?

Many years later, we students visit
Their home to build a strong 
Relationship with God every year

And ever since then, 
We have always enjoyed our time
With the sisters

They’ve taught us how to love
And forgive
They’ve taught us how to work together 
And maybe inspired some of us to 
Be like them

Their work is very important to our school
They inspire us with the amazing deeds 
They’ve performed 
Showing us that anything is possible with the 
Help of our Lord

And that He can help 
Us with our calling to our true vocation

And ever since then,
They’ve been one of Mount Carmel’s
Greatest friends.

Contributing Author

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