Remembering Our Founders
What is Founders’ Day? Who are our founders? Why do we celebrate it in February? These are some questions that you might be asking yourself when celebrating our Founders’ Day Mass in February.
By the mid 1990s, Maryknoll School was still Maryknoll yet, although two Sisters were still on staff, there were no more Maryknoll Sisters actually teaching at the school; the presidency was no longer under the governance of the Maryknoll Order but rather a layperson; and Sacred Heart Church was no longer run by the Maryknoll Fathers. Without the physical presence of the Maryknoll religious – the Fathers, Brothers, and most importantly, Sisters - on campus, the overarching question became, ‘How do we, as Maryknoll School, continue the Maryknoll legacy and honor the Maryknoll charism?”
In response, Founders’ Day was designed and initiated to commemorate our school’s founders and their life’s work as well as to be a reminder of the values upon which the school was founded. To begin, Founders’ Day happens in February because the Maryknoll Sisters were finally recognized as a religious order by the Catholic Church in February, 1912.
Now, however, instead of just one day, (which in not nearly enough time to honor all that Maryknoll represents!), Founders’ Day has morphed over the years into almost an entire week -long celebration. During the week, there is an all school Praise and Worship ceremony, when people share their testimonies about their journeys of faith at Maryknoll. The Junior Commitment ceremony also takes place during this week. The juniors receive their pins and/or rings and pledge their allegiance to Maryknoll and the practice of Noblesse Oblige. And there is, of course, the annual Founders’ Day Mass, celebrated on the altar made from the gold tree that used to be a part of the Sisters’ garden and convent. Founders’ Day allows us at Maryknoll to remember our founders – the Maryknoll Fathers, Brothers, and, most importantly, the Maryknoll Sisters; remember the work that they have done over the years ‘making God’s love visible;’ and to rededicate ourselves to our founding legacy. As we celebrate Founders’ Day this year, please take some time to not only reflect on the work of our founders, but to find a way to practice it yourself so as to continue the legacy of Noblesse Oblige.
Tuesday, February 05, 2013 2:45:00 PM
250 Years of Making God's Love Visible - Maryknoll Sisters, School and Catholic Charities
Celebrating 100 years of ‘”Making God’s Love Visible” is a monumental task, yet that is exactly what Maryknoll School set out to do this year to honor the Maryknoll Sisters’ Centennial and their lasting legacy. Maryknoll School, currently celebrating its 85th anniversary, created a partnership with Catholic Charities, an organization also established by the Maryknoll Sisters, 65 years ago, to further commemorate the Sisters. All together, because of the Sisters, Maryknoll as a name has achieved 250 years of service here in Hawaii.
To highlight the partnership amongst the Sisters, the School and Catholic Charities, Maryknoll School has held different drives and volunteered numerous hours over the course of the Centennial Year. To kick it all off, Maryknoll Grade School collected toiletries throughout the year. The donations were a part of the offerings at each monthly school mass, being brought to the altar by students, and then donated to Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities was particularly grateful for the toiletries as these basic necessities that are sometimes overlooked but are very important to living decently. Also, a Grade School canned food drive was held during November under the direction of 8th grade teacher, Mr. Wendell Bacnis. Students, working through their homerooms, made a conscious effort to find and select food and other requested items for families. By doing random acts of kindness and giving from their personal allowance, the students earned enough canned food and other miscellaneous items to successfully meet the wants and needs of thirty deserving families. Also in November, high school students spent an afternoon at one of Catholic Charities Senior Housing Residences, making Thanksgiving crafts, playing bingo, and sharing some ono food with the residents. In December, Maryknoll families and high school students spent many hours helping to wrap gifts that had been donated to Catholic Charities. High school students once again devoted their time, talents and energy to residents of the Wisteria Nursing home, holding a fun filled Christmas party for the seniors, enjoying the holidays together.
Furthermore, Maryknoll School hosted an anniversary celebration for the Sisters in October, with nearly 300 guests coming to honor, thank and congratulate the Sisters on 100 years of giving. Although the Maryknoll Sisters’ Centennial Year comes to an end in January, the Sisters’ legacy, “Making God’s Love Visible,” continues to touch the lives of many and, we hope, will do so for at least another 250 years!
Friday, December 21, 2012 5:06:00 PM