In preparation for the 25th Founding Anniversary of the Sr. Teresa of Sto. Niño Center, a series of formation talks were prepared for the staff, volunteers and beneficiaries of the Center for three Saturdays of January. Three speakers for each Saturday allotted their time and experience to share their different topics to provide formation, deepen the connection and get to know Sr. Teresa Mira and the history of the Center, and to promote the upcoming foundation celebration.
January 14 – Sr. Sharon S. Villafranca was the first speaker of the formation series. She talked about the life and virtues of Sr. Teresa Mira. Her simple and humble life became the reason why the Center was named after her. Through her apostolate and virtues during the time she lived, Sr. Teresa Mira had the opportunity to make life her motto, and this is to “Do good to all”. The Center lives by this motto every day and aims to inculcate not only to the kids, but to every individual, families, and sponsors of the Center as well.
January 21 – During this formation talk, Mrs. Luz M. Marquez was invited to share her own experiences and her journey together with the CMT sisters when the Center was built and founded. She shared to everyone who attended the talk, how she met Sr. Asuncion Ciuraneta, Sr. Gloria Alonso and Sr. Mercedes Gonzales, when they were still teaching at Maryhill Academy (now Maryhill College). This is the start of their beautiful friendship and how Ma’am Luz got to know deeper the charism of the CMT Sisters. From then on she started volunteering, where she got to walk together bound by the ties of Love of God. More than twenty five years of walking together, with Jesus as our guide, the Center continues to move forward. Her talk ended showing some pictures of the beneficiaries of the Center for the past 25 years which they enjoyed ruminating.
January 28 – The last part of the formation series, Sr. Chrezann Angulo got to share the meaning behind the main theme for the foundation celebration. With the theme “Sama-samang Pagtugon sa Tawag ng Misyon” (Walking and Responding Together to the Call of Mission”. Her talk was divided into three parts, 1) 25 years of grace and blessings, 2) the main theme, and 3) the meaning behind the logo made for the anniversary. Sr. Chrezann got to share how the Center not only grew bigger and wider physically, but as a family, we got to grow deeper in faith and responded to the call of mission. Together, not only the CMT sisters, staff and volunteers, but with every single person who became part and responded to this shared mission and communion.
It was truly a fruitful and unforgettable series formation, as we all got to know the Center even better, reminisce memories from the past twenty five years. It started with a dream of the CMT sisters to help those in need through a Center, and was then realized and made possible. Through various ways and help from benefactors, sponsors and volunteers, the Center continue its mission of love and service to the poor families and individuals.