CEAP Recognizes Manresa School on its 50th Year

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The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) awarded a Plaque of Appreciation to Manresa School during the 2021 CEAP Congress, on November 12, 2021, in recognition of its 50 golden years in the service of the community and the Church.

 

Headed by its president, Sr. Ma. Marissa R. Viri, RVM, the CEAP expressed its sincere appreciation to Manresa School for having dedicated its whole school community for 50 years to the realization of the evangelizing mission of Catholic Education by giving witness to integrity and dignity; faithfully integrating the Gospel values in the curriculum; being steadfast in its commitment to the holistic formation of the Filipino children and youth entrusted to its care. It is part of the CEAP yearly tradition to honor institutions celebrating their Jubilee year.

Manresa School’s journey started on June 19, 1971, when the Hijas de Jesus sisters welcomed the first group of children into the two-storey building. Every year thereafter, a new grade level was added. On March 26, 1981, the school witnessed its first fruits as sixty graduates received their high school diplomas. In the same year, the school was granted permission to open the nursery program.  Then, in June 2015, Manresa started its Senior High School program, offering academic strands. This school year 2020-2021, Manresa School celebrates its golden anniversary with a theme, “50 Golden Years: Grateful. Faithful. Hopeful.”

All these years, through the inspiration of St. Candida Maria de Jesus, the seed that was planted by the Hijas de Jesus had bloomed and produced rewarding fruits. Manresa School persevered in committing itself to the attainment of its philosophy, vision and mission, and goals through the service given to its clientele for the greater glory of God and the good of its neighbors.

During the virtual awarding ceremony, Fr. Gilbert B. Sales, CICM, the chairperson of the CEAP  Membership and Awards Committee, emphasized the significance of Catholic schools saying, “The Catholic institution is a school of the Lord’s service and we celebrate their unwavering commitment to the evangelizing mission of the Church manifested by quality Catholic education. Even during this troubled period in our history due to the pandemic, our desire to serve compels us to persevere.”

There were forty-two other Catholic schools and universities throughout the country that received recognition from CEAP for their jubilee years.

Manresa School is grateful to the CEAP for the acknowledgment. The whole school community is inspired to continue improving its services and to help in transforming society. It looks forward to the next 50 years of the institution with much gratitude, dedication, and optimism. /