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Notre Dame Cotabato addresses need of marist formation for personnel


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27/07/2017: Philippines


Through the years, Brothers and Lay Marists across the institute, expressed the need of formation processes to address the yearning to grow more deeply in the knowledge of St. Marcellin, his spirituality and his mission. In the school context, the personnel play a key role in keeping alive the transmission of these Marist stories and values to generations of students and colleagues. Hence the need to provide formative opportunities for school personnel is important to ensure growth of Marist life.

With full support from Br. Ador Santiago, FMS, Director, and Mrs. Agnes Gandulfo, Principal, the personnel of Notre Dame of Cotabato (NDC) gathered for an orientation-workshop on the Marist Formation Program last July 18, 2017. It was an initial step towards integrating in the school’s main programs the thrust of providing formative Marist experiences to its personnel.

Following the gathering of all personnel, twenty-seven (27) newly-hired teaching and non-teaching employees were met for the 1st Phase of their formation process last July 22-23, 2017. During this week-end encounter, the participants were introduced to the life, charism and spirituality of St. Marcellin Champagnat, particularly the heart of his spiritual exercise: the practice of God’s presence. In this gathering, Br. Dionesio Acosta, FMS, Mrs. Angela Undar and Ms. Elma Rafil shared meaningful testimonies of their Marist life. Ms. Agnes Reyes facilitated the program activities.

At the conclusion of the program, teachers Christian Paul Londres and Janney Christeen Lagsub expressed appreciation of their experience; thus:

“As new teachers, we look forward to more spiritual formation to deepen our understanding of the Marist so that we grow in faith as Marist Educators at Notre Dame of Cotabato.”

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