Yesterday the Middle School students of Instituto Episcopal San Cristóbal held a bake sale and the Lovely Mona snapped a few shots of the kids selling cakes.
Today I participated in the dedication of Colegio Episcopal San Francisco de Asís. This is the newest school of the Diocese of Panamá, and it is located in a new barriada named Brisas de Golf (Gulf Breezes). The schools of Iglesia Episcopal de Panamá are considered some of the best schools in the country, and members of the community approached the Bishop and requested a school in this new neighborhood. They found the land and also financing for the school. It is a bilingual school, teaching in Español and English. It is a primary school at present, but will soon include a secondary school.
When I arrived I was greeted by Bishop Murray, who then asked if I would "help us with the incense." I thought he just wanted me to get the thang lit, but then he asked me to be thurifer. I pointed out that I was not wearing 4th Century street clothes, but he said it didn't matter, as Padre Forero was going to be crucifer and he wasn't vested, either. So I handed my camera to Padre Carlos Austin and swung the pot.
We had a procession, plaque blessing, ribbon cutting, and a Santa Eucaristía. After the Eucharist we had many thankyous and acknowledgements and then a great presentation, as who can resist Children Doing Folk Dances???? No one, that's who!!! Then we had a Lovely Repast.
Between Padre Carlos y Yo, tenemos muchos fótos. ¡Mira!
Bishop Julio Murray and Profesora Marcella Dickens, Directora de Colegio Episcopal de San Francisco de Asís.
Padre Luís reads the Gospel
From the Bishop's perspective, kinda
The Procession continues. . .
La Santa Eucaristía
Then Padre Carlos gave me the camera back.
And Now. . .LITTLE KIDS DOING FOLK DANCING!!!
A good shot of her tembleques
Tropical Forest right next to school!
There is a contest for School Queen. Here are the candidates. Vote early and vote often!