By: Ms. Jonalyn Gabunada
Last October 27-29, 2014, we, the teachers, administrators, maintenance and staff (TAMS) of St. Joseph School of Mactan had our annual retreat within 3 days at Talavera House of Prayer. The retreat was fun and stress free as well as meaningful. When we arrived at the venue, I was amazed by the beautiful sights since it was my first time to visit that place. It was overlooking through the city. Of course, picture taking would always take place. We had selfie pictures but more on groupie moments.
On the first day, we had our orientation on what would happen on the following days and also for the rules inside the retreat house premises. The key rule that I remembered was the word “silence” since retreat was meant for meditation and reflection. On that same night, Sr. Melanie M. Galo, SFIC also introduced to us our retreat master who was Sr. Jodi. After that, we were given enough time to go to our assigned rooms and place our things in the cabinet. At first thought, I was afraid to proceed to the room since it was some sort of spooky/creepy but I managed to go together with my neighboring roommates.
The last day of the retreat ended so great. We thanked Sr. Jodi for being with us within the 3-days retreat. She shared a lot to us and now we could fully comprehend the core values that we had in the school. We were also able to reflect the things that we had done and meditate through it. The core values were taken from the values inspired from St. Claire and St. Francis of Assissi especially the care for creation. In general, the retreat was of great learning to us.