Posted by ndgmwebboard on November 19, 2006
In a very solemn Eucharistic celebration presided over by Rev. Fr. Ramon Ma. G. Bernabe, OMI, Provincial Superior of the Oblate Philippine Province, Rev. Fr. Oscar V. Lucas, OMI was formally installed and the Directorship of Notre Dame of Greater Manila (NDGM) was turned over to him last July 3. Concelebrating in the Eucharist held at the NDGM gymnasium were the priest-members of the NDGM Board of Trustees and some Oblates priests from the Manila district.In attendance were the members of the family of Fr. Lucas and the entire NDGM community – the pupils in grade school, the students in high school and the De Mazenod Skills Training Center, the members of the faculty, and the administrative staff.
The symbols of the Directorship – a medallion and a staff – were handed over by Rev. Fr. Rodolfo S. Jacobe, Jr., OMI to his successor. A plaque of commendation was awarded to Rev. Fr. Rodolfo S. Jacobe, Jr., OMI for his leadership as Director from Academic Year 2000 to 2006.
In his acceptance talk, Fr. Lucas accepted his new position with humility, considering the many accomplishments of his predecessor. Thus he saw “the need to fill the big shoes” left by his predecessor. To his Alma Mater, he gave the assurance to give his best in her service. Finally, he exhorted the NDGM community to work together and “to do what is right, love goodness, and walk humbly with God”.
NDGM was opened in 1963 by Fr. William McGrath, OMI, on a two hectare land purchased from the Archdiocese of Manila at the cost then of only P32.00/sg.m. This was a direct response to the popular request of the people of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Kalookan City. In fact, in the beginning, the school was referred to as Notre Dame of Grace Park.
Originally the school could only accommodate pupils from kindergarten to grade five. Now it has complete offerings from kindergarten to high school, including De Mazenod Skills Training Center for students taking vocational courses.