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St. Mary's Rehabilitation Centre celebrates celebrates 25 years
On Wednesday 4th of December 2019, St. Mary’s Rehabilitation and Development Centre, in Nigeria, on the occasion of the “World Disability Day”, celebrated with the Catholic Diocese of Osogbo the Silver Jubilee of its erection. The theme of this year World International Day of people with disabilities is: “The future is Accessible”. The celebration took place in the Centre’s compound. Present were our Proprietor: His Lordship Most Rev. John Akin Oyejola, the Bishop of the said Diocese, numerous priests and religious, some of our benefactors, pupils, the parents, invited special schools, regular schools and staff.
The program started with the Celebration of the Eucharist presided by Rev. Fr. Ajayi Thaddeus, Vicar General of the Diocese. In his homily, he described people with Special needs as people who have one disability or the other and invited people present to show empathy and a holistic approach to helping them. The Vicar said the celebration of people with special needs should not be limited to Catholics Church alone, it should be spread across various religious beliefs and ethnic groups.
After Mass, the newly constructed and renovated buildings were commissioned by the Bishop: vocational building, boys and girls hostels, kitchen, laundry, candle machine, New art studio, and the borehole.
During the reception, the pupils of St Mary’s Rehab Centre presented a short choreography. To grace the occasion, the Bishop presented Christmas gifts to all the pupils present. Awards were given to 25 benefactors of which the ‘Daughters of the Holy Spirit’ of Evaux-les-Bains, France, Community with their Parish’, was among the beneficiaries.
Sr. Elizabeth Kehinde, DHS. Posted on December 26, 2019
Photo.- 01. Pupils of St Mary's choreography. - 02. Award of commitment given to Mr. Mathew Boluwaji Oluwasola, one of the staff with a disability. - 03. Award given to “Filles Du Saint-Esprit” Evaux-les-Bains Community received by Sr. Clementina Emeghara. - 04. Award of commitment given to Mrs. J.O Amah, the oldest staff (1996 till date). - 05, 06. Bishop John Akin Oyejola giving Christmas gifts to the children. - 07, 08. Commissioning of the New Art Stud Kitchen and Laundry. - 09. Hostel borehole. - 10. Frontage of the hostels. - 11. Girls Hostel. - 12. Boys Hostel. - 13, 14, 15, 16. Cutting of Anniversary cake by the Bishop and some invited guests.