SHSC Alfonso now a Recoletos Institution
August 8, 2019
Public Affairs and International relations Office
Alfonso, CAVITE–In a formal turn-
Not even the occasional downpour could dampen the mood in the SHSC-
In his homily, Fray Selma gave an overview of the Province of Saint Ezekiel Moreno, which he described as a “family having a mission in different countries and parts of the Philippines.”
He asked the attendees to reflect on the things that enabled Saint Ezekiel Moreno to survive his missions; namely, prayer, the Mass, and Marian spirituality.
Fray Selma’s sharing also focused on the concept of the “heart,” a reference to the Sacred Heart after which the school is named. He said that Saint Ezekiel Moreno, as early as childhood, was a devotee of the Sacred Heart.
Moreover, Fr. Selma called the heart the venue of all our thoughts and actions. He challenged those present to always have the heart of Jesus. “The heart of Jesus embraces everybody, not condemning, not discriminating,” he said.
He also explained the mission of education. He said that intellectual knowledge is “scaffolding toward eternal happiness, which is God.” He said that education should not always be in the classroom, but something to be applied.
Fray Selma added that knowledge should be coupled with values. “Not just with words, but with actions, he said. “What we need are witnessing teachers, administrators, leaders.”
Present at the Mass were Ms. Irene Bencito, Executive Assistant to Gov. Juanito Victor
Remulla, as well as Hon. Madonna Mojica-
After the Mass, Fray Selma proceeded to the gate of the school for the ribbon cutting. He was accompanied by Fray William Emilito C. Villaflor, OAR, Second Councilor, and Fray Edgar P. Tubio, OAR, Fourth Councilor.
This was followed by the unveiling of the marker by Fr. Selma and Fr. Villaflor.
The Recollect Fathers then blessed the rooms and facilities of the Sacred Heart School.
After the blessing, the turn-
“As I always say, this has been my home, the school has been my life, my home, my
life for more than 50 years,” Mrs. Aida Leyran said, visibly emotional, in her turn-
She thanked various people. In particular, she thanked the Augustinian Recollects
Mrs. Leyran wrapped up her speech, saying “It’s not the money and power that matter; it’s the love in your heart that brings your assignment to conclusion. Softly I will leave you, softly I will walk away, but surely I will miss you all.”
Fray Selma accepted the documents in the turn-
“This is not the end, but rather a beginning according to God’s plan,” Fray Selma added. “Our brothers are extending their congratulations and prayers.”
Fray William Emilito C. Villaflor, OAR also gave an acceptance speech as President of the Recoletos Educational Apostolate in the Philippines. He said that REAP accepts the added mission bestowed on it. He also said that they would gradually introduce and “blend the ideas of this school with the Recoletos educational philosophy.”
“We will work without ceasing to live up to these ideals,” Fray Villaflor said. At this point, he declared that Sacred Heart School was now subject to REAP policies and entitled to its stipulated privileges.
Fray Rommel L. Rubia, OAR, SSC-
Also mentioned in the introduction were other SSC-
After this, a SHSC-
Fray Selma then encouraged students who may feel moved by the Holy Spirit to consider a vocation as priests or nuns.
Fray Rubia gave the Closing Remarks. He said that just like Saint Pope John Paul
II, he believes nothing happens by chance. Of the turn-
“Thank you, Ma’am Aida for entrusting Sacred Heart School to us,” Fray Rubia said. “Your legacy, Ma’am, will always be cherished and remembered.”
He ended his speech by telling the SHSC-
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