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  • Dr Catherine Nongkas

Commissioning mass for Catholic educators

Boroko:Striving Inner Freedom, deepening our Faith in God” was the theme for the annual teachers commissioning mass that had catholic educators gather to recommit themselves to the mission of educating.

The mass had educators from St. Joseph’s International Catholic College, Caritas Technical Secondary School, Caritas Learning Center, Street Children Ministry and Don Bosco Technological Institute. They gathered at the St. Joseph’s Parish, Boroko on Friday, 29th of January.

In his homily, Fr. John Curtis, PP, the parish priest reminded everyone to be mindful of these trying times and the need to reach out to people. “Especially in these trying times of the pandemic, teachers are second parents, caregivers, cultivators, and motivators,” he said. “As a seed is planted in the dirt to grow, students are in this dirt of pandemic, latest novelty of obsession of social media likes and other negative influences; teachers are good role models,” he said.

The teachers were encouraged to start afresh with the determination to serve with their heart and were reminded to always follow the sound teachings of the One True Teacher, Jesus Christ.

The ‘Rite of Commissioning’ followed the homily where teachers were called to recommit themselves to the education of the children and the young in 2021, to be second parents of the students in the school, to be that light spreading the word of God through prayer, teaching service and example. In one voice, all the teachers responded, “Yes, we are” and prayed together the Teachers’ prayer.

The Mass ended with the recitation of the Prayer of Pope Francis (Fratelli Tutti). The Parish priest, Fr. John, PP thanked the schools present and the staff of St. Joseph’s International Catholic College for leading the hymns and choir this year, despite the short notice.

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