CHS Celebrates World Respect for Life Day and the Feast of St. Agnes

Last Updated: Sunday, 30 September 2012 Published: Wednesday, 23 January 2008 Written by Kimone Joseph, Photography by Andre McAulay

On Tuesday, January 22, 2008 Convent High School Celebrated World Respect For Life Day and the Feast of St. Agnes with a grand assembly carried live by DBS Radio. The theme of the assembly was “Purity in Mind and Body.” The commentator was Miss. Audris Jno Baptiste.

In her opening address, coordinator of the Respect for Life Assembly, Miss Leandra Lander explained that the assembly marked an occasion of deep respect for the sanctity of human life.
“At Convent High School, we choose to recognize this day in the memory of our lives that we preserve and also especially the lives of the voiceless,” said Lander.
Lander also showed the connection between the celebration of the life of St. Agnes and Respect for Life.
“It is no mistake that we celebrate a day to champion the preservation of life on the same day we celebrate the feast of St. Agnes. St. Agnes saw the importance of preserving her body and soul for God by being pure and chaste for the sake of God. If every young woman saw the need to respect her body, abortion would cease to exist.”

In his message (read by Lander) Bishop of Roseau, His Lordship, Gabriel Malzaire reminded the assembly of their evangelical responsibility to protect and respect life.
He wrote, “We are reminded that it is our vocation as baptized Christians not only to celebrate life but to proclaim the truth about the life we celebrate. In the face of many challenges to life, we must proclaim with conviction, understanding, and with evangelical boldness the truth about the human person.”

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As part of the celebration, past student of St. Agnes house, Tasha Peltier sang a meditation hymn and past student Mrs. Samantha Doctrove-Letang said the prayer to St. Agnes. Musicians, dancers and poets also provided entertainment for the assembly.
Father Cuffy also spoke to the staff and students on the importance of the preservation of life in Dominica and in the world.

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