Members of the Miriam College community came together last January 14, 2012 to hold the school’s first Fun Run entitled “Run, Forest, Run” to raise funds for Miriam College’s Rainforestation Projects and the Southern Sierra Madre community scholarship programs. Organized by the Environmental Studies Institute (ESI), students from pre-school to college, parents, employees, faculty and alumni and friends came in full force to join in the run. “Apart from fostering camaraderie, the gathering was also a great opportunity to make the whole community aware of how our forests are fast disappearing and how important it is to get everyone involved in their own little way,” said ESI executive director Donna Reyes.
To launch the centennial celebration of the Maryknoll Sisters in the Philippines, a Mass was held last January 12 at the Marian Auditorium. It was presided by Fr. James Ferry, M.M. who remembered the inspiring spirit of Mother Mary Joseph and the Maryknoll Sisters’ journey of 100 years. He spoke about the brave sacrifices of the Maryknoll nuns who came to the country from New York and, with unrelenting spirit, worked passionately “to make God’s love visible.” He also gave tribute to Sister Miriam Thomas whom he described as a “woman of vision, a woman who was not afraid to suffer.” Sr. Helen Graham, MM, for her part, gave a reflection on what it means to make God’s love visible. The inaugural Mass ended with a simple reception at the Marian lobby. In attendance were the Maryknoll Sisters in the Philippines, alumnae, administrators, employees and students.
Dr. Gwénola Ricordeau, assistant professor of Sociology, from Lille I University, France, gave a lecture on Feminist Research Methodologies to selected faculty members engaged in gender studies from the College of International, Humanitarian and Development Studies (CIHDS) and the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) last January 9.
This interdisciplinary roundtable discussion among the attendees raised significant perspectives, dilemma, and insights when applying feminist research methodologies at varying levels. Dr. Ricordeau, said that feminist research investigates topics and domains that could be described as “roads under construction”, and feminist research methodologies allow us to partake in the construction.
On January 5, Miriam College had the honor of hosting a visit from President Amado Gabriel M. Esteban, Ph.D. of Seton Hall University (SHU). Similar to the vision-mission the school, SHU, the oldest and largest private catholic university in New Jersey, U.S.A, seeks to develop students to be servant leaders in mind, heart and spirit.
The meeting was a sharing between SHU and MC on their common areas of academic pursuits, as well as their distinct programs as educational institutions. Various possible partnerships were explored, including but not limited to the possibility of MC offering an interdisciplinary Philippine Studies Program as a certificate course to SHU students (designed by the four HEU colleges), as well as, a possible campus visit to SHU by our MC International Studies students participating in the Model United Nations program held in the U.S.A.
Teachers are planting for the next generation, although most of the time they will not see the results of their work in their lifetime.
Speaking at the end of the three-day International Conference on Learning and Teaching (ICLT) at Miriam College, Helen Graham, MM, said, “Teaching requires commitment and a willingness to live in faith, a willingness to wait for results and maybe not see them at all.”
The Maryknoll sister, who had been a teacher for more than four decades, gave a talk on “Teaching God’s Love in Action.”
She told her audience, “One of the joys of having taught in the same institute for almost 44 years, is you live long enough to have your students become your colleagues, even your dean.”
Describing herself as a student of the sacred scripture, Graham, who taught at Miriam when it was still called Maryknoll, said, “Teaching, as you all know so well, is done in many situations—all of us are, in one way or another, teaching.”
MANILA, Philippines — At the end of a long and tiring school day, Miriam College (MC) does not close its doors yet. Unlike other educational institutions where classes start as early as 7 a.m., MC’s gates are still wide open even after 5 p.m.
Around that time, the campus on Katipunan avenue welcomes the arrival of full-time professionals who leave their respective offices to volunteer and teach part-time for three hours everyday at MC.
While it may be considered a big sacrifice on the part of the volunteers, no one seems to be complaining. In fact, everybody is more than happy to be a part of the 45-year-old success of the Miriam Adult Education (MAE) Night School.
It all started from Apostolate work
MAE has been catering to the out-of-school youths, house helps and illiterates, both young and old, since 1967. Thanks to the Maryknoll sisters who were busy developing the school then but were also deeply involved in their apostolate work in the poor communities.
“Apart from teaching residents cathechism, the nuns discovered that most of the people weren’t able to finish their education. Hence, they felt that a non-formal schooling system was needed to teach them about basic literacy and life skills that they can use to enable them to look for jobs,’’ MAE principal Carlo Garcia says.
This seems to be a year of religious celebratory jubilees so let me add another one which has not yet been publicized. I am referring to the Maryknoll Fathers, Brothers and Sisters to whom the Philippine Church owes so much. This year they celebrate 100 years of missionary zeal.
Measured in terms of longevity and by comparison with the early religious missionaries, they are a very young religious group. Moreover, whereas early religious missionaries were European in origin, the Maryknoll Fathers and Sisters are a product of the American Catholic Church.
How they started is described in the Maryknoll website thus: “When two American priests from distinctly different backgrounds met in Montreal in 1910, they discovered they had one thing in common. Father James Anthony Walsh, a priest from the heart of Boston, and Father Thomas Frederick Price, the first native North Carolinian to be ordained into the priesthood, recognized that through their differences, they were touched by the triumph of the human spirit and enriched by encountering the faith experience of others. This was the foundation of their mutual desire to build a seminary for the training of young American men for the foreign Missions.”
Sharing their missionary desire was Mollie Rogers, a graduate of Smith College, who would become Mother Mary Joseph and superior of the Maryknoll women religious.