St. Francis Catholic School celebrates 68th Anniversary

Students are escorted back to their classes after a school-wide Mass celebration at St. Francis Church in Yoña. (Photo courtesy of St. Francis School)

By Tony Rodriguez
For the Umatuna Si Yu’os

On September 9, 1949, St. Francis Catholic School first opened its doors to the community of Yoña. The school was established by the School Sisters of Notre Dame and was under the administration of Fr. Cyril Lanheim, OFM Cap., under a Quonset hut where the current school location stands today.

In the beginning, there were 149 students enrolled 5th though 8th grade. After the departure of Fr. Cyril, Fr. Alvin LaFair took over as both St. Francis Church parish priest and SFCS administrator. Under his direction, Fr. Alvin sought help from the community of Yoña, to build a new school and add more grade levels. He appointed St. Francis Catholic School’s first principal, Sr. Mary Eucharita, SSND. The student enrollment, during this time, was over 1,000. Students came from throughout our island, as far south as Umatac and as far north as Andersen Air Force Base in Yigo.

The School Sisters of Notre Dame came to Guam to open up St. Francis Catholic School in Yoña in 1949 under the administration of Fr. Cyril Lanheim, OFM Cap. (Photo courtesy of St. Francis School)

For 68 years, St. Francis Catholic School maintained and continues to provide spiritual formation and academic excellence to its students. Today, we reflect on our challenges and changes throughout the school’s history and we recognize that we are blessed with great support from our SFCS families and our dedicated faculty, staff and administration. Through the year’s adversity, our school and school community remain strong to the values of St. Francis of Assisi and to the goals of Catholic School Education.

To acknowledge and honor our milestone, we will be celebrating a special Mass on September 29, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at the St. Francis Catholic Church followed by a special presentation to the School Sisters of Notre Dame at St. Francis Catholic School.

We would also like to remember any of our SFCS Alumni who have passed on at our Mass. Kindly email us the name of the deceased and their year of completion here at St. Francis Catholic School to

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