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SANDAKAN – More than 100 people comprising members of the School Board of Governors, religious sisters, members of the Christian Students’ Movement (CSM) and teachers witnessed the blessing ceremony of St Cecilia’s Shrine officiated by Bishop Julius Gitom on 9 Apr 2016 at SMK Konven St Cecilia here.
The life-sized solid concrete statue of St Cecilia of about half a tonne was installed adjacent to the basketball court amidst a beautiful floral landscape of colourful flowers.
Construction of the shrine is intended to maintain the ethos, character as well as the identity of the school and to honour St Cecilia, the patron saint of the school. St Cecilia is the patroness of musicians. Construction work began in November 2015 and it took some five months to complete.
Cecilia D’Souza, chairperson of St Cecilia’s SBOG expressed her appreciation to Bishop Julius for the trust and confidence in the SBOG to construct and complete the shrine.
After the opening speech by the SBOG chairperson, all guests and attendees adjourned to the shrine to witness the blessing ceremony administered by the bishop, assisted by Fr Sunny Chung. – Rogena Sining