Xavier Community honors Fr. Zuloaga in 40th Day Novena Mass

A man with a big heart, a leader that can somehow find ways to balance freedom with passion, and a person who let his light shine: this was how Fr. Mark Raper, S.J., the president of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific, a post formerly held by Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, S.J., described the late director of Xavier School in the 40th Day Novena Mass celebrated in his remembrance on November 16, 2012 in the Xavier School MPC.

Fr. Raper also noted how the gospel reading, Matthew 5:13-14, relates to Xavier School’s motto and how Father Zuloaga was able to live out his life as an example and an inspiration to many people by letting his light shine.

Former teachers, colleagues, parents, students, and friends gathered to say thank you to Fr. Zuloaga one more time, as well as to witness the launch of two new major bodies of the school: The Fr. Ismael Zuloaga Scholarship Fund, an educational fund set-up to support the scholarship fund of Xavier School Nuvali that aims to offer grant-in-aid scholarship to 25% of its students, as well as the Xavier School Association of Retired Colleagues, a special group composed of former teachers in Xavier School, whose first project, announced by Fr. Johnny Go, S.J., is to be the screening board for those who wish to receive grant-in-aid scholarships in Xavier School Nuvali.

To aid in the Fr. Ismael Zuloaga Scholarship Fund, the Xavier School Designer Fortune Cookies, concocted by renowned Chef, Reggie Aspiras, was launched, in coordination with the Grade School Student Council and the XSPA Office.

Fr. Ismael Zuloaga was a former School Director of Xavier School. He has served countless generations of Xaverians and is dubbed as the “Builder of Xavier School; Father of Xaverians.”

Images taken from Xavier School Facebook Page.

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