Grade 11 students enrolled under the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) track celebrate the feast of St. Camillus de Lellis on July 14.
St. Camillus de Lellis is the patron saint of the sick, nurses and nursing groups. He founded the Ministers of the Infirm, popularly known as the Camellians, whose members are dedicated to the care of the sick. He died on July 14, 1614. He was beatified in 1742 and canonized in 1746.
Naming one section of the STEM classes under the patronage St. Camillus de Lellis is in accordance with Catholic tradition of invoking the intercession of the holy men and women.
The celebration aimed at promoting the devotion to the saint especially among the students who intend to pursue a degree in nursing and medicine or any of the allied medical programs. It was also designed to give the students to have a break from the challenging STEM curriculum and promote the five (5) Cs of education in the 21st century – creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking and cooperation – outside the confines of the classroom.
The class had a nine (9) day novena in preparation for the feast of St. Camillus. On his feast day, a Holy Mass was held at the University Chapel with Fr. Israel Garcia as main celebrant. The festivity was capped with a shared lunch, boodle fight style, at the senior high school dining area.