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Featured Missionary:

Our Lady of the Assumption Convent

Salegseg, Balbalan, Kalinga. April 18, 1968

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the young Fr. Emiliano Magdangeng was assigned in Salgseg as parish priest, he did not only do his pastoral work but also had to be the director and principal of the high school. With such pressing work added to the duties of the pastor, Msgr. Brasseur must have seen the need for Sisters to help in the evangelization of that isolated Mission Station.

April 18, 1968 marked another very important event in the life of the SIHM Sisters and the people of Kalinga as wekk. Three Sisters, Sr. Corazon Guihawan, Sr. Consuelo Caybas and Sr. Ines Kibad, accompanied by Fr. Marcos Molitas, the newly assigned parish priest, were given a hearty welcome with bouquets of flowers and garlands.

Sr. Corazon took charge of the barrios and sitios of Balbalan Mission and coordinated the catechetical work. At the center of Balbalan Mission and coordinated the catechetical work. At the center, after the Holy Mass, she gave religious instructions to the adults. She also supervised the dormitories, one for boys and another for girls. Sr. Consuelo took charge of the hospital with Dr. Morales and Dra. Tid-ang. Sr. Ines was assigned principal of St. Theresita's High School.

With a great concern for the youth, the school administration continues to be an SIHM ministry to these days. The sisters zealously do their pastoral ministry through Catechesis. All these years, they have committed to be with the people in good and challenging times.

 

Our Missionary Presence has grown...

Our heartfelt gratitude to all those who have helped us spread the Good News

Sister Assunta Convent
Teng-Ab, Bontoc, Mt. Province June 2002

St. Vincent Convent
Bontoc, Mt. Province
June 2001

Lay Formation Center
Teng-Ab, Bontoc, Mt. Province
June 2000-May 2002

Don Bosco Convent
Lagawe, Ifugao
June 2000

Sacred Heart Convent
Lacub, Abra
June 1997

St Alphonso Convent
Sabangan, Mt. Province
June 5, 1995

St. Claire Convent
Conner, Apayao
May 1994

St. Therese of the Child Jesus Convent
St. Joseph Village, Baguio City July 1993

Mary Immaculate Convent
Luna, Apayo
June 16, 1990

Immaculate Heart Convent
Lunduyan, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya
May 1997

St. Joseph Convent
Diadi, Nueva Viscaya
May 5, 1988-1990

Vicariate Formation Center
Liteng, Pacdal, Baguio City May 2001

SIHM Retreat House
Liteng, Pacdal, Baguio City
1989-2001

SIHM Formation House
Bakeeng, Baguio City
September 18, 1997

SIHM Novitiate
Liteng, Pacdal, Baguio City
August 1986-May 2001

Santa Barbara Convent
Virac, Itogon, Benguet
May 17, 1984

St. William Convent
Bulanao, Tabuk, Kalinga
May 28, 1983

Assumption Convent
Mayoyao, Ifugao
May 7, 1982

St. Peter Convent
Pinukpuk Kalinga
June 1, 1979

Immaculate Conception Convent Bokod, Benguet
May 9, 1976

Our Lady of Lourdes Convent
Antamok Tram. Itogon, Benguet
May 27,1974

San Isidro Convent
Abatan, Buguias, Benguet
January 27, 1970-1995

St. Paul’s Convent
Sayangan, Atok, Benguet
June 1, 1970

Our Lady of the Assumption Convent
Salegseg, Balbalan, Kalinga April 18, 1968

Holy Rosary Convent
Kayan, Tadian, Mt. Province
June 29, 1965-May 1995

St. William Convent
Bishop’s House, Baguio City
January 30, 1965

St. Theresita’s Convent
Kapangan, Benguet
June 7, 1961:

St. Joseph Convent
(San Jose)
La Trinidad, Benguet
June 1, 1958:

 

Our Story:

Being closely related to Msgr. William Brasseur, Fr. Jerome Dobbels, CICM, the Parish Priest, came to know about the charism of our congregation and with our zeal for spreading the Good News, he invited the Sisters to help him in the pastoral work. It was a great leap for us, Sisters, to start a community at La Trinidad which happened on June 1, 1958. The pioneer Sisters were Sr. Assunta Claver, who was appointed as the Superior and who cared for the public schools around; Sr. Milagrosa Eway, who had been going for home visitation and did other pastoral work; Sr. Corazon Guihawan; and Sr. Lourdes Sepulchre, who taught at Toway Catholic School.

After some years, Tomay Catholic School was transferred to a better location. It is now known as Tacdian Catholic School. Considering the graduates of Tacdian Catholic School and the graduates of the public schools around, Fr. John Wageners, CICM, then Parish Priest, put up San Jose High School in 1964. This school was blessed by Msgr. Brasseur on April 25, 1965.

Two sisters, Sr. Beatrice Tait and Sr. Ma. Paz Rimando, were assigned to start the school. Sr. Paz Rimando was designated Principal in 1967. When she was transferred to Kapangan, another Sister took her place. The sisters continued to help fun the school together with the assigned Parish Priest who served as Spiritual Director. From its humble beginnings, it has now grown to a population of more than 1,800 students with 32 sections and more than 50 teachers. The school graduated 100's of students and many of them are now professionals. Of those who studied at San Jose High School, three entered the convent of the Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary; namely: Sr. Antonia Anas, who was also a graduate of Tacdian Catholic School, Sr. Emetria Poda-an and Sr. Carmelita Catayao. Two priests, Fr. Samual Maximo and Fr. Lorenzo Abela, Jr. graduated from San Jose H.S. and Tacdian Catholic School respectively.

Working parents saw the need for a pre-school for their children. They asked Fr. Brigido Galasgas, Parish Priest at the time, to help them with their problem. With their support, he readily put up a building annexed to San Jose High School. With Sr. Carmel Fianza, the principal of the high school, they opened the preparatory school in 1989.

In the year 2000, Fr. Roland Astudillo, the Parish Priest and School Rector, started the construction of the elementary department and Sr. Carmel applied for the permit of the primary grades and was approved in 2001. A year after, the complete elementary school started to operate with Sr. Carmel as the principal both of the high school and the elementary. Due to the heavy load of the school administration, Sr. Mary Galing was assigned assistant principal of the Elementary Department.

San Jose Parish, with the active Parish Council officers and members, had been very supportive of the Vicariate Programs. The on-going formation which has been extended to the far barrios and gimongs is now bearing fruit. A very big fruit is the acceptance of two leaders as Lay Associates of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

In Tublay, since 1989, after the Pastoral Assembly, Sr. Salvacion Galong with some volunteer leaders, have been conducting BEC and Alay Kapwa seminars. The adult leadership in the gimongs is now manifested by their responsibility in conducting their own prayer service and other Christian and civic community activities.

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