By John Michael D. Pineda
Umatuna Si Yu’os
During a rainy Wednesday morning on Oct. 18, Superintendent of Catholic Education, Richard Alvia, held a meeting at the Chancery Office’s St. John Paul the Great Center for Evangelization with theology department heads or campus ministers from each of the archdiocese’s 14 Catholic schools.
Dubbed “Breaking Bread,” Alvia explained that the meetings he holds now with school officials are not so different from before when he was only a teacher. As appropriately called, the meetings have the sense of camaraderie that form from fellowship, and as such, over meals or snacks.
That same day in the afternoon, Alvia met with student representatives from the schools’ student councils and honor society organizations as well as their advisors.
“I’m here to listen to you,” said the superintendent as he welcomed the representatives from each school that were present at the meetings.
These assemblies on Oct. 18 were the superintendent’s seventh and eighth “Breaking Bread” meetings with Catholic education stakeholders, having already met with principals and presidents of the schools as well as athletic directors in the previous months.
After discussing the roles and expectations of the positions held by the individuals present, the meetings went on to cover basic items pertinent to their professions and organizations such as activities to be coordinated among the Office of Catholic Education, the school administrators, department heads, students, and advisors.
Alvia reiterated what Archbishop Michael Byrnes has declared before, “Students should encounter Christ in all classes, not just in theology or religion classes… not just in Mass, in the pews.”
As filled as his calendar may be, more of these “-Breaking Bread” meetings will happen with Alvia at the helm in just three months since his appointment as Superintendent of Catholic Education by Archbishop Byrnes in July 9, 2016.