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100 Years of God’s abiding presence

Philippines


Assumption in Iloilo celebrated 100 years of presence in the Archdiocese of Jaro. 1910 -15 July - 2010. 100 years ago, Mother Caroline and her companions, Sr. Mary Alfred and Sr. Mary Benedict from the Assumption Manila Community, opened the Assumption School in Iloilo City. Transformative Education was what they offered to the youth in the Visayas. By their selfless dedication and faith-filled perseverance, they laid the foundations of Assumption Education. The beginnings were humble but they were fully supported by Bishop Dennis Dougherty, then Cardinal Dougherty of Philadelphia and his secretary, Msgr. Jeremiah Harty. They were at it assiduously while waiting for the first Assumption Community to arrive from Europe. The Sisters arrived on 16 December 1910.

 
 
The centennial logo expresses the theme and the concept of how
wa the celebration was to be undertaken. The 5 rays of the sun,
color sunflower gold, represent the 5 core values of Assumption Education. Each ray emanates from the Assumption Logo : the Maria Regina. Founded in 1910 Assumption in Iloilo celebrates 100 years in 2010.
 
The 5-year Centennial Celebration. The Centennial Core Group, composed of representatives from the various sectors in society, was the steering committee as well as the executive body of the centennial undertakings and activities.
100 years of lived experiences in God’s abiding presence need time to re-read, to re-view, and to celebrate. It takes time to discern the direction God wants us to take after these 100 years. Time is needed to celebrate God’s fidelity to Assumption in Iloilo these 100 years in humble yet joyful thanksgiving. Thus, the 5-year centennial celebration was launched on 15 July 2005.
The Assumption Iloilo Centennial Celebration is a 5-year countdown : 2005-2010. Every year was thematic re-reading … re-viewing … recognizing the landmark events : Year 5-Faith. Year 4-Love. Year 3-Justice & Peace. Year 2-Truth & Simplicity. Year 1-Joy. . The celebration engaged the school community of learners and facilitators, parents and friends and alumni of Assumption Iloilo.
 
The Month-Long Culmination of the 5 Year Centennial Celebration started on15 July 2010 with a Thanksgiving Mass at the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral to mark the 100th foundation anniversary of Assumption in Iloilo. The month-long celebration sectoral activities were planned by the respective representatives to the Centennial Core Group. Wk. I-School Community. Wk. II-Partner Schools & Communities. Wk. III-Friends of the Assumption. Wk. IV-Alumnae/alumni. On the last day,15 August 2010, there was a solemn procession of a statue of Our Lady of the Assumption and the icon of St. Marie Eugenie of Jesus from Freedom Grandstand to the school. The Pontifical Mass concluded the 5-year and month-long celebration during which the centennial celebration was formally closed. A grand alumnae/alumni homecoming dinner followed in the garden. So many alumni and friends came home to celebrate. Throughout the celebration God’s abiding presence was palpable. God orchestrated everything to perfection. It was “grace upon grace” to overflowing. On major events God blessed us with sunshine … during this rainy season. Our hearts are full with joy and thanksgiving at the great wonders we experienced throughout the celebration. God celebrated with us to the fullest !
Withhearts full of gratitude and thanksgiving, joyful voices sing, “All hail ! To our beloved Assumption !” God is present here ! Assumption in Iloilo moves forward to the next millennium : Assumption Together. Be Jesus in our relationships, in our homes, and in our workplaces. Education that transforms lives for the transformation of society.


Sr. Clare Cecilia Salvani, RA


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