Winding back the clock: St. Raphaela Day

Winding back the clock: St. Raphaela Day
Mifuyu H. ('21)

We wind back the clock to investigate the origin of the annual St. Raphaela Day of service. 

     St. Raphaela Mary from the Order of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus once said, “Our lives must be a continual weaving of faith and generosity.” Indeed, emulating St. Raphaela’s example, on May 24, Seisen honored and commemorated her by serving both the local and global community through a gamut of activities. Engrossed in various activities varying from creating bracelets to raise awareness of breast cancer at Seisen to picking up litter in nearby regions to visiting nearby nursing homes.

     During an interview with Ms. Rogers, the head of school, she enlightened me that this day was not always celebrated this way. She went on to explain that in the past, the Seisen community celebrated St. Raphaela Day in a more unwinded manner which included showcasing great musical talent at Seisen in an all day concert.

     Several years back, Mr. Keohane and Mr. Brittain proposed the idea of the Seisen community giving back to the community by immersing ourselves in activities, highlighting the power to speak up for change. She specul

ated that this idea was inaugurated from concerts being repetitive or the growing desire to serve others and the environment. Ms. Rogers also exclaimed that as this day occurs when the school year is coming to an end, it is also a culmination of the guiding principles students focus on throughout the year. This ranges from shaping international mindedness and celebrating international diversity to education women for social and cultural transformation to sharing all that we are and have. Students learnt that service is not about the seeking validation, but about the greater good of society. 

     The Seisen community continues to follow St. Raphaela’s path to create a positive impact on the society during the annual St. Raphaela Day. 

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