Celebrate and reflect
Last year, the Regional Office of Marianist Education established the two-year period entitled “Everyone Committed to the Formation in Faith”, On this page we included a definition that I repeat today: “for us, the Marianists, it is the way of cooperating with God in forming men and women for others, conscious of themselves and the world that surrounds them, and engaged in the task of transformation towards a just and fraternal society (Institutional Curricular Project, 43)”.
This year we are celebrating, but I could not keep this reflection from coming to my mind: Any institution founded at the beginning of the last century, and which has been able to sustain itself over time, could easily be celebrating its 75th anniversary.
I realized that we at Santa Maria, a confessional educational institution, promoted by the Society of Mary in Peru, whose main purpose is the formation in faith, will truly deserve to celebrate once we have answered this question: have we been able to educate free and happy men, devoted to the service of building the Kingdom of God?
And the answer is in the hands of the educational community, formed by the students, their families, teachers, and administrative and maintenance personnel.
We can fill our calendar with celebrations, we do have a right to shout our joy from the rooftops, but what good would all that be if we do not pause for a minute in our day-to-day activities and let our hearts take the wheel?
Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Marianist Family, once wrote to his colleague and first Marianist religious, Jean-Baptiste Lallane, that we should “not stress our minds so much, but let our hearts act instead”.
In this time of celebration, I invite you to live the joy of being part of this educational project born in 1939, and to revise our formative role to the raison of our school: our students.SEE MINISTRY OPTIONS