dear Josephite Family,
Welcome, once again, back to school after an invigorating
holiday, rejuvenated in mind and body to embrace whole heartedly,
your school’s glorious 75th year of quality
education aimed at achieving excellence in academic, sports and
humanitarian values which will enable us to foster and work for
a just society. We have already ushered in the 75th year,
with a grand, scintillating launch of our Diamond jubilee celebration
on 18th December,2010, with a very meaningful Eucharist
and prayer service of thanksgiving to the Almighty, from whom all
good things come and to whom all good goes.
2011 will aptly be for all of us, you and me a
year of Thanksgiving to God, and to all those whom we owe our gratitude,
for bringing this institution to its pinnacle of glory and hopefully
enabling us to be effective as ‘leaven in the dough’
ushering in an era of growth, integrity and honesty. God has blessed
us with efficient and effective teachers guiding and mentoring us
in a world that is more challenging today. We have tried to use
education as a tool to develop the holistic character of a child,
deeply aware of her/ his dignity as a child of God and be a sister/
brother to all humanity.
2011 is also a year of double blessing, for us;
The beatification of Our dear Mother Maria Clara,
the foundress, of the Franciscan Hospitallers Sisters who have established
this institution one among 150 institutions engaged
in all forms of service in all the five continents. Mother Maria
Clara will be beatified and declared blessed on 21st May,
2011. Beatification is a stage in the process of recognizing
and acknowledging the holiness of a person, through a miracle of
healing which is scientifically unexplainable. Ms. Georgina Monteagudo,
was miraculously healed of gangrenous pioderma of a chronic nature,
a long drawn out illness that affected her for 34 years. She had
recourse to Mother Maria Clara whose picture she used to tie between
her bandages. The doctor judged and admitted the severity of the
sickness and the inadequate therapies applied, affirmed that the
cure of Ms. Georgina was sudden, complete and lasting.
Her deep faith in Mother Clara was blessed by God.
I pray that all those who are sick and ailing in
our families may find healing and comfort, through the intercession
of Blessed Maria Clara.
In 2011, I humbly want to place on record the services
of our Pioneer Sisters who have laid the foundation of our august
institution, both in concrete, brick and mortar, and in the hearts
of our alumni. Foremost among these is Sr. Maria da Graca
in 1936 , who is no more with us, The most popularly remembered
– the architect of the front building is our dear Mother Amata,
who has been the builder of this institution in more way than one.
Rev.Dr. Anet Satvedi in his Doctoral thesis writes” The visionary
principal, with faith in God, hard work and faithful dedication
along with the staff raised funds penny by penny, to accommodate
the rising enrolment of students.” Till date more than 4000
students has passed out of these hallowed portals, with flying colours
and achieved stardom in their chosen field of work. Our students
are well placed across the globe, many of whom I had the privilege
to meet on my visit to the U.S.A. and Canada in September,
2010. I wish to express my gratitude to the Principals
and Sisters and teachers who followed, for their contribution in
making this institution what it is today, and my heartfelt thanks
to the parents for their generosity, which enabled me to build a
new primary section.
And you dear teachers and students and parents
who are an integral part of the institution must carry on the legacy
bequeathed to us by our Pioneers. Let us not fail them but continue
giving of our best and let life do the rest! Let us strive to be
women and men of integrity and justice, balanced in judgment and
behaviour worthy of a child of God sisters and brothers to all.
Let’s gear up for the closing ceremony of
our Diamond Jubilee. Participate whole heartedly in the programmes
chalked out for the Diamond Jubilee Year 2011, for you are the fortunate
ones to celebrate this glorious Jubilee Year. Your collaboration
at every step will make this year a memorable one. You are the rising
stars of morrow!
Invoking God’s abundant blessing on all of
I remain your servant in Christ.
Sr. Lilia Lucia Fernandes.