School Inauguration in Samoa
On May 13, 2016, the new classrooms of St. Joseph School were inaugurated in Leuva, Samoa in Mary Help of Christians Province of the Pacific Region (SPR).
Already 30 years have passed since the opening of the presence in Leuva that from the start has received little ones, children, and young people creating around them a family environment so that they will feel loved, wanted, and accompanied in their growth process. These years have been a tapestry of a story alive with love and generosity. The seed planted with sacrifice and a missionary spirit has now grown and expresses all its fruitfulness, thanks to the dedication of FMA, teachers, and educators who have made the education of the little ones, children, and young people the clear objective of their service. Don Bosco’s aim, ‘to form good Christians and honest citizens’ has borne good fruit and even some vocations.
We repeat the words of the Mother General of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Mother Yvonne Reungoat to the FMA Community:
“I pray that St. Joseph House will continue to be a place where everyone finds a listening heart, understanding, and motives for human and Christian growth; a house that is always ready to live communion in diversity as a shared wealth and where apostolic daring and love for education succeed to work miracles. Today, we bless the classrooms of the school, but our house must continue to be built with the bricks of trust, effort, dedication, responsibility, and the fraternal love that Jesus taught us.
I thank the friends and benefactors, the parents, and the students. All have contributed in a decisive way to the realization of the Project in this marvellous Nation that merits the availability of our energies, knowing that we receive much more than what we can offer. In my recent visit, I myself was contagioned by the joy of the people, by the community spirit, and the sharing. It is a gift that I carry in my heart. It comforts me and increases my hope for the future of this reality.
Mary, who walks with us in this time so rich in challenges and opportunities, will help the educating community to make perceptible the experience of God, rich in mercy and love, who wants us to be His credible and trustworthy signs.
I sincerely thank the ecclesiastical and civil authorities who honour us by their presence in this festive time. For all of you present, I invoke the blessing of Mary Help of Christians. I believe that St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello, on this her feast day, looks with benevolence upon this educating community and on the whole city of Leuva. THANK YOU!”