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1. SMAD Srs retreatindex                             

The graduating Senior High School batch of Stella Maris Academy of Davao was blessed to have been guided into a prayerful and meaningful annual Retreat by Sister Georgette Hormillosa, F.I.


1. SMAD Srs retreat

With her was Sister Caridad Ramirez, FI, SHS Sister Adviser, Sister Marie Sweet Candelaria, FI, Mrs. Fatima Amor Monteon of the Pastoral Committee, and selected teachers from the SHS Department. The Retreat was conducted in the Teresian Daughters of Mary (TDM) Retreat House, a relaxing escape in the heart of the bustling city of Davao, last January 11 – 12, 2020.

Sister Georgette prepared sessions, alternating between lecture, prayer and sharing. Through her, the students were able to enrich their experience with God and His constant presence in their lives through prayer and dialogue. Her wisdom and humour made the two-day retreat a time of personal reflection and time with God. Some of the input presented during the retreat was the reality of temptation and structural sin, the torturous implications of gossip, the importance of prayers and discernment in the face of crucial choices, and the suffering of the Rohingya in Bangladesh borders among others. Students were able to connect themselves personally, spiritually and socially with all these topics.

Her various stories, may they be fables, news reports, anecdotes, or parables, presented personally or through video or song, communicated Jesus’ love, compassion and mercy simply and directly. By the end of the retreat, students were able to impart their insights, renew their convictions and strengthen their belief of Jesus’ accepting love for all of us no matter our lapses.

The retreat concluded with confession and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist officiated by Father Ritchie Gamaya, a diocesan clergy of Davao.