GS Faculty attends ABS 2019 in Bacolod
Last October 23-25, fifty-five members of the Grade School faculty joined hundreds of Benedictine teachers to attend the Association of Benedictine Schools (ABS) Educator’s Congress 2019 held at St. Scholastica’s Academy Bacolod. Led by their Principal and ABS Executive Directress, Sr. Rosario Obiniana, OSB, the Grade School teachers along with the other Benedictine Educators, underwent spiritual and professional development through different activities guided by the theme, “ABS Educators: Called to be One.”
The ten participating Benedictine schools are St. Scholastica’s College Manila, St. Scholastica’s College Westgrove, St. Scholastica’s Academy Tabunok, Holy Family Academy Angeles Pampanga, St. Scholastica’s Academy San Fernando Pampanga, St. Scholastica Academy Marikina, St. Scholastica’s College Tacloban, St. Peter’s College Ormoc, Holy Family School Sum-ag and the host for this year, St. Scholastica’s Academy Bacolod.
Fr. Jimmy Carmona of the Salesians of Don Bosco facilitated the recollection on the first day of the congress. The teachers were also given the opportunity to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist.
The Congress continued with different offerings. The Superior of St. Scholastica’s Center of Spirituality Tagaytay Sr. Lydia Villegas, OSB and former SSC Manila Grade School Principal Prof. Didi Villegas, gave inspirational talks based on their experiences in being pillars of Benedictine Education in the Philippines. Ten Benedictine Hallmark Workshops were held followed by the Subject Area articulation of best practices wherein SSC Manila Grade School Subject Coordinators served as facilitators.
Bp. Louie Gilbanes, D.D., the newly elected bishop of the Diocese of Kabankalan, presided over the closing Eucharistic Celebration. He mentioned, “When options are not optional anymore, miracles happen.” He also challenged the teachers to be one in the mission of guiding their students as faithful educators.
By Mr. Clyde Ericson Nolasco, Grade School Faculty