IN THESE PANDEMIC TIMES…
THERE IS STILL TIME FOR REJOICING…Date: June 28, 2021Posted by: Marionette Martinez
St. Paul University Manila had the soft launching of its 110th Founding Anniversary Celebration on 21 June 2021. The theme for this year’s celebration is “In God’s Kairos, Goodness Overflowing.”
The celebration kicked off with a Mass at 9:00 A.M. in the Chapel of the Crucified Christ with Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, D.D. as the main celebrant, seen in the photo with Sr. Lilia Tolentino, SPC Provincial Superior.
Livestreaming was held via the official Facebook pages of St. Paul University Manila and ONESPCEM.
It was also the 110th anniversary of SPC Formation in the Philippines, and Sr. Lilia gave a very enlightening speech on its history. [We shall include this in next week’s IOB.]
Sr. Evangeline Anastacio, President of St. Paul University Manila, gave the following speech at the soft launching of the school’s 110th Founding Anniversary:
His excellency, Most Reverend Broderick Pabillo, Sr. Lilia Thérèse Tolentino, SPC, our Provincial Superior, and the members of the Provincial Council, Sisters, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni of St. Paul University Manila, Good morning!
How time flies! It does not seem that long ago when Sr. Lilia and the previous administration, faculty, and staff of this university started the preparation for the Centennial Celebration in 2012. Now, 10 years after the centennial, we find ourselves starting the preparations for the year-long celebration of the 110th Foundation Anniversary of St. Paul University Manila.
Our preparation period and the year-long celebration of our 110th anniversary is a time for remembering and giving thanks: for the opening of the novitiate that evolved into the school; for the first school head, Mother Marthe de St. Paul Legéndre, SPC; for the humble beginnings of the then, St. Paul Institution; for the pioneer Sisters, faculty, and staff who had served the school through the years; for the joys, successes, and the glory, as well as the pains, sorrows, and difficulties that the school had gone through.
Today, we look forward to celebrating the 110th Foundation Anniversary of this Paulinian educational institution, with the most fitting theme—SPU MANILA@110: In God’s Kairos–Goodness Overflowing. Circumstances are making the preparation for this celebration more difficult but not less joyful. We enjoin everyone who has become part of the life of St. Paul University Manila—the Sisters, teachers, staff, alumni, parents, and students, those who are here with us and those who are joining us virtually from various parts of the country and the world—to join us in our preparation from today until December 2021 and in our year-long celebration from January to December 2022.
It is my singular honor and privilege to formally declare open the preparatory activities for the celebration of the 110th Foundation Anniversary of St. Paul University Manila!
Papuri sa Diyos at mabuhay!