Blessing of the Frassati Gymnasium of Universidad de Sta. Isabel

August 16, 2018

By Nathalie C. Ranin, Ph.D.

“Hail this festival day! Blest day to be hollowed forever
 when we in Mary’s praise our joyful anthem raise.”

On the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15, 2018,  the USI Community  held  the annual celebration of the “Pagsunko ni INA” to the Universidad de Sta. Isabel. The Blessing of the  Frassati Gymnasium of USI also coincided  with the Feast of the Assumption.
The Gymnasium was named after Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.  Blessed Frassati, was born on April 6, 1901.  At the age of 17, he joined the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP) and developed a deep spiritual life. He dedicated much of his time to serving the sick and the needy, caring for orphans and assisting the demobilized servicemen  returning from World War 1. Whatever little he had,  he gave  to help the poor, even giving  his bus fare to charity and then ran home to be on time for meals. The poor and suffering were his masters. His charity did not simply involve giving something to others but giving completely of himself which resulted to poliomyelitis. He died on July 4, 1925  at the age of 24. His mortal remains were  found completely intact and incorrupt upon their exhumation on March 31, 1981.  He was beatified on May 20, 1990  by  Pope St.  John  Paul II. He was called  a “Man of  the Beatitudes”  and “Joyful Apostle of Christ.”

The Frassati Gymnasium was upgraded to coincide with  the  Sesquicentennial Celebration of Universidad de Sta. Isabel.  The  Frassati Gymnasium is intended   to  provide a venue for Physical Education (P.E.)  and National  Service Training Program (NSTP)  Classes  of our Isabelinos and Isabelinas.

The Blessing of the Frassati Gynmasium was officiated by Fr. Jay Jacinto and Fr. Rex Alarcon, and followed by the Institutional Mass  in honor of Our INA de Penafrancia. This  was  attended  by  distinguished  Guests from Private and Public  Institutions, representatives from  ONE-USI Campuses, USI Stakeholders,  Daughters of Charity USI Community headed by Sr. Araceli Loredo, D.C. and Sr. Lourdes L. Albis, the University President who made the upgrading of the Frassati Gymnasium possible.


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