Snapshot of the Day: Fr. Ciancimino Returns to YCHS

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Fr. David Ciancimino, SJ, former provincial of the New York Province (now part of the USA Northeast Province) recently visited Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) in Micronesia and led the annual faculty retreat. By leading the faculty through reflection and prayer, Fr. Ciancimino, helped faculty members to see God's presence in their own individual lives and also in the life of the school. Fr. Ciancimino was responsible for missioning two Jesuits to Micronesia in 2011 to start a Catholic high school on Yap. Within five weeks, YCHS opened for its first freshman and sophomore classes.

Fr. David Ciancimino, SJ, former provincial of the New York Province (now part of the USA Northeast Province) recently visited Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) in Micronesia and led the annual faculty retreat. By leading the faculty through reflection and prayer, Fr. Ciancimino helped faculty members to see God’s presence in their own individual lives and also in the life of the school. Fr. Ciancimino was responsible for missioning two Jesuits to Micronesia in 2011 to start a Catholic high school on Yap. Within five weeks, YCHS opened for its first freshman and sophomore classes.

Yap Catholic High School: Sailing for Gold

Mr. Lupo poses with the winning team, The Flying Proas.

Mr. Lupo poses with the winning team, The Flying Proas.

Three students from Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) in Micronesia, along with their coach, claimed first-place in the canoe race at this year’s 6th Annual Yap Canoe Festival. The winning coach, Alex Lupo, is a science and literature teacher at the school and his crew consisted of Francis Yarofalyang, a sophomore, Decyann Pete, a junior, and Rheena Yirimyad, a junior. The team named themselves “The Flying Proas,” which is a term that was used by early European explorers for the outrigger canoes because they seemed to fly over the seas.

“We had a lead; with the wind at our back, we heard the crowd cheering,” recalled Mr. Lupo on YCHS’s website. “Seeing students and teachers from Yap Catholic High School, Yapese and Outer Islanders smiling gave us a sense of welcome and acceptance, which was great.”

Click here to read more about the race and the winning team.

Snapshot of the Day: Carving Crosses at YCHS

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Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) recently finished their annual Summer Session. The Summer Session was a chance to provide for the different needs of each class of students, helping freshmen acclimate to their new environment, tutoring sophomores with their English and math skills, assisting juniors as they prepare for the SAT’s and giving guidance to seniors who are studying for the SAT’s and working on their college essays. It was also a chance for students to participate in extracurricular activities such as carving. Students worked on a canoe and carved crosses made from wood found on the campus (pictured above). Click here to view more photos.

Yap Students Traveling Abroad

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Yap Catholic High School juniors Saralyn Wuyoch (left) and Jamilyn Mooteb (right) navigate the subway of New York City.

Last week, two juniors from Yap Catholic High School in Micronesia – Jamilyn Mooteb and Saralyn Wuyoch – traveled to the United States as part of the government-sponsored Close Up Program, which strives to inform and inspire students in classrooms near and far.

Jamilyn and Mooteb, along with their teacher, Mr. Pat Nolan, SJ, visited Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City. They also toured the campuses Georgetown University, the College of William and Mary, the University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel University. The trio also paid a visit to the New York Province office for some New York style pizza.

“Our students completely gave themselves to the experience,” said Pat Nolan, SJ, reflecting on the trip. “Participation in the Close Up program is a huge step toward preparing our students for the cultural transition they will face as they graduate Yap Catholic High School and attend top-notch colleges in the United States.”

Click here to read more about their trip.

Snapshot of the Day: Visitors from Yap

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On Monday, May 12, the staff of the New York Province Office hosted guests from Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) in Micronesia. Juniors Jamie Mooteb (red shirt) and Saralynn Wuyoch (white shirt) along with their teacher Mr. Pat Nolan, SJ, (black shirt) traveled to the United States to tour colleges. This was a chance for the girls to see what the culture is like and if they would be interested in continuing their education here. The Province staff welcomed the travelers with a lunch of New York City’s famous pizza.

On Monday, May 12, the staff of the New York Province Office hosted guests from Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) in Micronesia. Juniors Jamie Mooteb (red shirt) and Saralynn Wuyoch (white shirt) along with their teacher Mr. Pat Nolan, SJ, (black shirt) traveled to the United States to tour colleges. This was a chance for the girls to see what the culture is like and if they would be interested in continuing their education here. The Province staff welcomed the travelers with a lunch of New York City’s famous pizza.

Taking Flight: Visiting the Jesuit Works of Micronesia

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Fr. Ciancimino with Fr. Wayne Tkel, SJ, religion teacher at a local high school, and Fr. Greg Muckenhaupt, SJ, director of schools for the diocese of the Caroline Islands.

Photos give glimpses of the love, joy and the spiritual richness that seems to be visible around nearly every corner of Micronesia, the string of Pacific Ocean island nations visited recently by V. Rev. David Ciancimino, SJ.

But shared memories from the trip, unpacked over the last few weeks, say even more.

A room full of young people eager with questions about Jesuit vocations. A family who delivered a basket of local food and fruit that would last for days as their way of expressing deep gratitude for a Jesuit who celebrated a family funeral. High school students willing to pick up machetes and pickaxes to clear land for a new classroom. A local dignitary fighting back tears while speaking about the ways Jesuits and volunteers have impacted local lives by opening a Catholic high school that had been discussed and dreamed of for decades. Countless local leaders and two Micronesian presidents who are the products of Jesuit education on the islands. Continue reading