Seventy graduates of the Catholic Women Teachers College gathered at the St Joseph RC Church, St Joseph to give thanks for our 50th anniversary on Tuesday, June 13.
This event was hosted by cohort 1967 and was graciously supported by our colleagues spanning the period 1965 to 1982, friends and well-wishers.
Fr Hasley King O Carm celebrated Mass with us. In his homily, Fr King reminded us of a quotation by renowned Cuban revolutionary José Martí, which states that there are three things one must do before he or she passes on: read a book; have a child; plant a tree.
He exhorted us to continue to read feverishly so that we can keep abreast of what is happening in our fast-developing world. Those who are not biological parents were encouraged to persistently nurture the little minds with whom we interact to ensure that we instil in them an environmental consciousness as we touch several lives.
One can only imagine the deep-seated joy we all experienced as we greeted friends we had not seen for as long as 30 or 50 years. We felt blessed to have experienced such love for one another and asked Almighty God to pour out His graces upon those who were unable to attend, and the family of those who may have passed on.
The inspirational Mass was followed by a sumptuous lunch at the Radisson Hotel where we continued to exchange pleasantries.
A very heartfelt ‘thanks!’ to every graduate and well-wisher for contributing to such a memorable occasion. Special thanks to Fr King for officiating.
Indeed, we look forward to culminating this year of celebration with a social event in September on a date to be announced.
May God bless everyone with good health and holiness and may we live to celebrate yet another anniversary, in Jesus’ name! – Mavis Hislop