Staff of the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board gathered on Friday, September 27, 2019 for the annual Faith Day professional activity day.
Following the 2019-2020 school-year them of ‘Igniting Hope’, the day began with a mass led by Fr. Ron Ambeault, an inspiring presentation by keynote speaker Jesse Manibusan and ended with staff sessions designed to ensure faith is at the centre of all of our facilities.
“It was a tremendous day that provided an opportunity for all of staff members to worship and strengthen their bond with Jesus. It was extremely inspiring and we thank Fr. Ron and all of the other priests who celebrated Mass and our special guest Jesse Manibusan,” said Director of Education Rose Burton Spohn.
Manibusan is a composer, singer/songwriter, storyteller, humorist, catechist, evangelizer and encourager. He earned an MA in Multicultural Ministries from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, California and gives concerts, workshops, parish missions, and retreats.
“I saw this as a tremendous opportunity to remind the participants to be inclusive of everyone around them. I wanted to convey the message that all of them, teachers, secretaries, administrators, caretakers, educational assistants, are important members of the board community and are important to the success of students, said Manibusan.
“I also wanted to ensure that everyone knows that hope is something we need to have in these times which can seem so complex and disheartening. I hope that my stories and humour helped to bring that to the audience,” added Manibusan.
Manibusan also hosted a workshop to work with staff members who work on music presentations during liturgies and masses at schools.
“Sometimes a song can reach in a different way than spoken word might night. Music can touch at the strings of your heart. It can get to the emotional places and can help participants get closer to God during masses, said Manibusan.
As part of the day, a collection was taken up for the Helping Hands, Helping Hearts program which assists students in need. Over $1,100 was raised toward the initiative of the HSCDSB chapter of the Catholic Principals Council of Ontario.