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“Marie Balavenne” Catholic College: 10 years of existence
"Marie Balavenne" Catholic College (MBCC), in Ilogbo, Nigeria, marked its 10th anniversary on 2 October 2021. It was a beautiful and joyful event for the management, staff, students with their parents and the Daughters of the Holy Spirit Sisters to come together for a triple celebration: 10th anniversary, 5th graduation ceremony for the final year students and the official opening of the new Boys' Hostel!
Anthony Akinwale OP, with other concelebrating priests - Reverend Father Alphonsus MSP and Reverend Father Augustine Akpo MSP, the new chaplain of the college - opened the day. In his homily, Father Akinwale stressed the importance of humility, a virtue cited in the Gospel of Matthew. According to him, it takes humility to understand and meet various forms of challenges when pursuing an important goal in life. He cited the example of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit who, through their perseverance in their mission, have succeeded in creating a serene environment and holistic training to welcome, educate and train young people who will embrace different careers and in turn bring change to society. He also spoke to the graduating students about 'humility', a moral value that will help them to pay attention to their parents, teachers and elders during their further studies.
After the Eucharistic celebration, a procession headed to the new boys' hostel for its opening with a blessing. In her address, the Vice Provincial, Anthonia AYENI, DHS, thanked God for his blessings, Engineer John for his tireless efforts until the completion of the whole construction with his collaborators. She also expressed her gratitude to all those who contributed in various ways to the success of the youth hostel with a large number of dormitories: the students expressed their joy and excitement to witness its long-awaited opening!
The other celebration was the graduation ceremony, which was opened by a lecture by Reverend Father (Professor) Anthony Akinwale OP, who emphasised the importance of education and the training of students as future leaders. He pointed out that total education is such that it enables one to be a multi-skilled person. Good leaders emerge from a good educational base and training that enables them to provide citizens with basic services. He also highlighted three major aspects of training that students should adopt: intellectual, technical and ethical. He then appreciated the efforts of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, the staff, the headmaster and the management of Marie Balavenne Catholic College in providing sustainable opportunities and a suitable learning environment. Students who graduated with outstanding results received awards for their performance.
Rosemary Etim DHS, thanked the former principals of the school, Sr. Priscilla Madumere, DHS, and Sr. Anthonia Falope, DHS, who started the school to operate to the standards that the staff rely on. A minute's silence was observed in honour of the late Sr Mary Ahutu, DHS, who also contributed to the progress of the school during her mandate.
In his farewell address, the outgoing headmaster, Vincent Echesurum, thanked the school management for the discipline and moral values that were instilled in the students during their studies. He also encouraged other students to be humble and patient in abiding by the school rules so that they could enjoy the fruits of their behaviour.
By: Patience Effiong DHS. Published on 10 November 2021