The Canossian Sisters, together with four Canossian schools held a choral festival to celebrate the 180th anniversary of St Magdalene of Canossa’s passing (foundress of the Canossians) and the 15th anniversary of the canonisation of Canossian St Josephine Bakhita.
Titled One Heart, One Voice, the choral performance was held at St Joseph’s Church (Victoria Street) on April 10, and was attended by about 800 people including apostolic nuncio Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, Canossian Sisters, benefactors of the Canossian family, parents of the students, pioneers of the schools and well-wishers.
The participating schools were Canossa Convent Primary School, St Anthony’s Canossian Primary and Secondary Schools, as well as Canossian School for the hearing impaired.
The festival began with a message from Sr Theresa Seow, Canossian provincial leader, who spoke about the importance of love and sharing. She commended the efforts of the schools, staff and Sisters who had dedicated many hours to the festival, and hoped for it to “foster a great love for our Canossian saints and the bonds amongst the Canossians – young, old, Religious and the lay” people.
She also urged the Canossian community to continue to make Jesus known and loved through this gift of voices and to strengthen their desire to build up the Canossian sense of mission.
When the performance began, St Joseph’s Church came alive with each song sung by the different schools evoking
emotions of love and hope.
The combined choir of Canossa Convent Primary School and St Anthony’s Canossian Primary School sang All Things Bright and Beautiful. Canossian School for the hearing impaired joined in for a performance of You Are Mine.
St Anthony’s Canossian Primary School’s performance of Ubi Caritas and Look At The World, a piece accompanied by woodwind instruments, followed.
St Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School’s performance was an a cappella rendition of Examine Me and Chi Vuol Veder (Who Wants to See).
The combined schools’ choir and the Canossian Sisters also dedicated a hymn to St Bakhita depicting her life.
As April 10 was also the death anniversary of the Canossians Mother Foundress, St Magdalene, the combined schools’ choir dedicated the hymn In Verona to her.
For the finale, the four schools performed Let There be Peace on Earth.