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MACPK remembering 50 years of mission and education

By Anne Marie Rodriguez
Umatuna Si Yu’os

The Maria Artero Catholic Preschool and Kindergarten (MACPK) celebrated their 50th anniversary on Oct. 21, 2017 at the Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Agaña Heights.

Archbishop Michael Byrnes presided over the celebratory Mass and concelebrants were Father Jose Villagomez, OFM Cap., and Father Tom McGrath, SJ.

The Mercedarian Missionaries of Berriz were joined by dozens of family, friends and the school’s alumni to celebrate 50 years of education and service. Following Communion during the celebratory Mass, a special interpretive dance was performed by the current students of the preschool and kindergarten. Several numbers were also performed by the students during the fellowship that was held in the Agaña Heights parish social hall.

Resolution No. 269-34 was presented and sponsored by Sen. Frank B. Aguon Jr., and is made “relative to recognizing and congratulating the Maria Artero Catholic Preschool and Kindergarten (MACPK) on the special occasion of its Golden Jubilee, and commending the local Mercedarian Missionaries of Berriz (MMB) for their tremendous service;

“And to further expressing Un Dångkolo na si Yu’os Ma’åse’ to the staff of MACPK for striving to educate our children by providing an enriched learning environment so that the children may develop their talents and a lifelong desire for learning and service to others.”

Archbishop Byrnes also expressed his congratulations in his homily, “We congratulate you, sisters and Mercedarian missionaries, and all who have been engaged through and involved [in] the Maria Artero school, knowing that generations have been affected by the same mission of bringing freedom with the possibility of a full, holy, and joy-filled life.”