Sister M. Angelica Leviste, OSB
 President, St. Scholastica's College



Half a century or so ago, around St. Scholastica’s Golden Jubilee, I recall hearing my aunties and  grand-aunties and their friends talk with glee of  "Baday” and "Burging” and some such unfamiliar names – and have a lot of fun as they recalled stories surrounding these characters and "those times”.  Several years later, as a Scholastican myself, I learned some of those "secrets”.  "Baday” was Sister Willibalda, the first directress –and probably, in those times, also principal and prefect - so named, I understand, by boys who were friends of our Scholasticans.  "Burging” was Sister Withburga, the first dean of SSC.  Both Sisters held their positions for many, many generations of Scholasticans.

Those names, and similar others, bring back for Scholasticans "times” and "values learned” which have become timeless and of immeasurable value in their life.  Discipline is one such word, at times said with fun – and filled with memories of "impossible” situations and happenings! – and yet with appreciation and acknowledged "that one would not exchange it for anything!”   Sodality or Propagation of the Faith is another.  They were societies Scholasticans got into; but much more than that: these have instilled in their hearts that love that weathers every storm, that is the light in the darkest night; the only hope in the depth of despair.

Fifty years later and more, these names are hardly heard on Scholastican lips.  But through the years that I have been a Scholastican, from pre-Kinder to College graduate to even a Sister, now, there is something I see that is dateless – or, if one likes to say it, is "a  hundred years old and more”.  It has been there a hundred years ago, and it is here now – a hundred years hence.  What is discipline for?  What is the Sodality for?  Or the Propagation of the Faith?  The Social Action, or the Lay Apostolate?  Teaching in the public schools?  Doing Social Action work in St. Stephen’s Patronage?  Visiting the children in Welfarville?  Or the "riles”?  Volunteering for Lay Apostolate?  Or even one’s original research work?  Why original?  Why not copy?  What was the Honor’s System for?  No proctors – but no cheaters either?

 Little actions… big actions.  What was behind them all?  The indefinable Something that one calls SCHOLASTICAN.  It is a Person – that stands for what is right, and good, and worthy; for Excellence in service.  A Person Whom we call upon several times a day:  "That in all things GOD may be glorified!”












My thoughts of a hundred years!  Of more than a hundred years!  For they are ETERNAL!

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