The Academy of Our Lady recently received a scholarship donation of $5,000.00 in the name of +Remedios M. Gabriel. The school is blessed to have the Gabriel family establish a scholarship for young women to provide them with an opportunity to obtain an Academy education. Daughters Mildred (‘72) and Grace (‘77) and granddaughters Melissa (‘05), Natasha (’04), and Angeline (’13) are excellent examples of Academy alumnae who serve as role models of contributing alumnae in our community. We commend the Gabriel family for their continuous generous donation and whose daughters and granddaughters are now part of the Academy’s legacy.
On September 23, 2014, a Liturgy to celebrate Mercy Day at the Academy of Our Lady was held at the Cathedral Basilica. During this Liturgy, this year’s recipients of the Catherine McAuley Scholarship were presented to Taylor Paul and Alexandra Leon Guerrero, students as the Academy of Our Lady of Guam.
The Catherine McAuley Scholarship is awarded each year to students at the respective Guam Catholic schools which are administered by the Religious Sisters of Mercy. This scholarship is made possible through the efforts of the “Mercy Actions Marianas, Ltd. (MAML)” a sponsored ministry of the Religious Sisters of Mercy of South Central.
The Academy of Our Lady Girls Scouts Club, Troop #487 enthusiastically donated two benches and five clocks to their school as an expression of their gratitude towards the school for supporting its first Girl Scout troop. The troop chose to purchase clocks and benches to adorn the various areas around the campus to enhance the waiting area in front of the cafeteria. Thank You Girls Scout Club #487 for your giving generosity!
Bendicion! A Mass of the Holy Spirit kicked off the new school year well attended by parents, students and faculty. Excitement was in the air with the first bell ringing. The 415 students embraced the adventure of a new chapter in their lives as they began the school year.
This year proves to be even more special as this year’s students become a part of Academy’s history as the school celebrates its 65th Anniversary – Cherish, Celebrate and Embrace. With a full week of activities, meet and greet, ice-breakers, fashion show, freshmen/new students breakfast, the first week was filled with adventure as once again a new school year begins and the Academy’s mission of fostering young women in academic excellence, responsible leadership, global awareness, social justice and compassionate service, rooted in the unique charisma of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy is underway.
“Happy 65th Birthday Academy of Our Lady of Guam”, cheered loudly by Sr. Francis Jerome, President, as she welcomed all students by class. Guiding the girls in her message to embrace The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, of Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Wonder & Awe, Reverence, Right Judgment and Courage, as their guiding tools for a successful school year. In closing with spirited encouragement, she exclaimed -- “We’ve come a long way, we need to show the strength of our school – the strength of Academy”, to which drew an outburst of applause from the students who were all excited and aflame to begin the new school year! Have a Blessed School Year, Acadamians!