Kenmei celebrates Saint Marie Rivier
The Mass was presided by Bishop Mitsuru Shirahama of the Diocese of Hiroshima, a member of the Society of Sant-Sulpice, to which Father Pontanier belongs.
The entire school celebrated this joyous occasion with students’ handbells performance and the chorus club’s songs.
During the Offering, students presented rice to those in need as a token of their dedication. Students gathered the rice to enact the spirit of the school founder in the Food Drive initiative that started on the day of the Consecration.
The food will be sent to needy families through a non-profit organization.
For the first time in two years, the entire school gathered together under the influence of the Coronavirus. All participants shared the joy of experiencing together a time of great blessing of the Canonization of our Foundress Marie Rivier.
The following is an excerpt from a letter to the Sisters from a first-year senior high school student after the ceremony.
Following the Canonization on May 15, my school held a special Mass on May 18. It was great to see all the students gathered for the celebration in one place for the first time in a long time. Everything felt sacred during the Mass, and the City Hall seemed like a grand church. I’m glad we had this chance to celebrate our school’s founder’s canonization.
I always feel good when I see Sisters in or out of school because I feel like we’re in good hands. If I met Marie Rivier, I’d probably feel the same way. Sorry, I’m not a good writer. So, I want to put more gratitude and celebration in this letter than good writers.
Please protect us with Marie Rivier.
Congratulations again on Marie Rivier’s canonization.