Magsaysay memorial college
San Narciso, Zambales
“JOURNEYING ON WITH ITS GOLDEN HARVEST”
This was the original school building where the Sisters spent their lives with dedication and love for God’s people. Five decades and three years ago, the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters (the then CFIC) arrived in San Narciso, Zambales upon the request of the Society of the Columban Fathers, Father O’Brien and Fr. Vincent Lyons. The Pioneers were Sr. Teresita Lardizabal +, Sr. Scholastica Rambayon+, Sr. Augustine Bautista+, Sr. Dorothy Ortega, Sr. Redempta Navalta, and Sr. Regina Tabaniag.
As they are now reaping their golden harvest, Fr. Roque Villanueva, the incumbent Parish Priest of San Narciso invited the Sisters to come over to San Narciso on January 20, 2015 on the solemn feast of San Sebastian for this tribute to the SFICs. Our General Superior, Sr. Maria Lourdes Santos, who has also been assigned in San Narciso, Zambales travelled all the way with Sr. Luz Espiritu, Sr. Mary Francis Borje, Sr. Junetta Jimenez, Sr. Isabel Benitez, Sr. Teresita Babaran, Sr. Feliza Sylvino, Sr. Ancilla Cabula, Sr. Marie Teresa Espiritu, Sr. Lucia Gumiran, Sr. Theresia Reyes, Sr. Celestine Vigilia and Sr. Redempta Navalta in joyful response to the said invitation. It’s always good to bring to memory nostalgic moments of experiences both the pleasant and the painful ones because all these realities add up to the spice of living life to the full. It was a joy for the parishioners to see the Sisters. Some were whispering, “Babalik na ba sila? What a consoling thought! So, the day began with the solemn
Here’s the statue of SAN SEBASTIAN whose feast is celebrated on January 20, 2015, majestically enthroned on a conspicuous place in front of the altar. All the parishioners and government officials were there in the Church in a festive mood as the mass went on.
Sr. Mary Francis Borje who works for our Indigenous brothers and sisters in Nibangon, Subic took charge of the First Reading.
Sr. Junetta Jimenez, the incumbent Local Leader of St. Francis Learning Center had her turn for the second Reading.
Sisters Marie Teresa Espiritu and Teresita Babaran were the offerers .
Sr. Teresita Babaran, Provincial Board Member who heads the Commission on Prophetic Minstry of the Congregation received the Trophy from Fr. Roque Villanueva. May this simple token of gratitude from the parish of San Sebastian, San Narciso be likened to a pebble thrown into deep waters that will produce ripples as we pray for more vocations and the goal of our Congregation to widen its horizons and boundaries.
On behalf of the parishioners, Ms. Vilma Espiritu Minguez, the sister of Sr. Luz Espiritu, sfic gave her message of gratitude recalling those times when she was lavished with care and love from the Sisters when she was a young student at MMC (Magsaysay Memorial College). It was a sincere affirmation and testimony of the commitment of the Sisters in the discharge of their duties. Lastly, with a note of appreciation for the SFIC Congregation, on behalf also of her family, she expressed her gratitude for the support accorded to them when they were much in need of the presence of their sister, Sr. Luz Espiritu, sfic at a time when their mother was ill.
It was no less than our very own General Superior, Sr. Maria Lourdes Santos, once assigned also in San Narciso who gave a very touching message for the Parishioners. The Congregation listened intently to every word she uttered. It was really a nostalgic moment as she gladly thanked the parishioners for their kind and thoughtful remembrance of the Sisters and mentioned with utmost respect that some of the Sisters who have been affirmed have already gone ahead of us. Once again, even if sisters may be physically gone, memories are never forgotten.
After the mass, everyone went outside to witness the blessing of the Statue of St. Francis which has been erected as a TRIBUTE in remembrance of the SFIC presence in the school and parish cognizant of the role of the SFIC (then CFIC) in the Christian formation of the people. Sr. Maria Lourdes Santos, General Superior, graced the occasion cutting the ribbon prior to the blessing as Sr. Lucia Gumiran, Sr. Isabel Benitez, Sr. Luz Espiritu, Sr. Theresia Reyes and Sr. Teresita Babaran held their lighted candles as the Parishioners reflectively savored the significance of the ceremonies.