At the First Saturday Family Mass last October 5, we marked the first death anniversary of our former school director, Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, SJ. We used the occasion to inaugurate the Hall of Gratitude in the walkway after the Administration Building where the bust of our school founder, Fr. Jean Desautels, SJ, is located.
Below is the text of the marker that will be installed in the area.
The Hall of Gratitude will henceforth be the focal point of our devotions in honor of the deceased members of the community. Please find time to visit the hall and express gratitude to the school’s ancestors in faith.
Hall of Gratitude
In Chinese institutions, it is customary to have a shrine or hall dedicated to the institution’s founders. It is a way of showing gratitude for the founders whose vision gave birth to the institution. Founders and leaders are usually memorialized in name tablets that are displayed in the hall.
At Xavier School, a Catholic version of the name tablet is used. The traditional design of the name tablet is adorned with a cross on top, indicating faith in the salvation won by Jesus Christ on the cross. The school’s deceased school directors each have their own name tablets, indicating their Chinese and English names, and the years of their birth and death. The bigger tablet is a universal tablet dedicated to the community’s biological and spiritual ancestors.
At the center of the hall is a bust of the school’s founder and first school director (1956-1965), Fr Jean Desautels, SJ.
We give thanks for all our fathers and mothers in faith who gave birth to the Xavier School family, and whose visions still guide us. In this part of the campus, we remember them with fondness and commend them to the Father’s embrace.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
From their special vantage point in heaven, may they remember us to God.
Inaugurated on 5 October 2013.