“REGINA PACIS” CENTER FOR THE INTEGRAL DEEVELOPMENT OF ALL YOUNG GIRLS IN NEED
At a stone’s throw away from the parish church dedicated to Our Lady of Glory , there is an Institute dedicated to Our Lady Queen of Peace, ‘Regina Pacis’ ; The same Lady, Our Blessed Mother Mary, who, from the year 1958 has welcomed hundreds of young girls from all parts of the country to find themselves, develop their potential and arrive at the good life that will lead them to their destiny on earth, and, in heaven where they will find eternal happiness.
At Regina Pacis there is a corner for all sizes and shapes of feminine youth. For children between the ages of 6-to approx 18 years a “Home” (the Regina Pacis Children’s Home), for healthy and safe living where there is a lot of fun activities and much value education; and a Government recognised High School (day, Night and Open) where they can get a complete secondary school education
For the young domestic worker a place ‘to lay her head’ when she first arrives from the remote village in search of a livelihood. She stays at Regina Pacis free of any charge and in a short space of fifteen days she receives an orientation to be able to meet the challenges of a life in a totally different environment from the one she has just left.. She needs to be trained in the basics of housework with the use of running water, electricity, electro- domestics etc. things which she has probably never seen before. She needs to be forewarned against the moral dangers with which she might be faced She is then placed as a domestic worker in a safe and happy home with favourable conditions of service. She is followed up regularly as she attends the social centre of Regina Pacis, gets a chance to complete her education while she works and thus while finding a means of supporting her economically needy family back home she also is in the process of growth and self- development
For the young University Student a tranquil, economic refuge where she can study and relax in peace, and find her Divine filiations and her true destiny.
For the young office worker, or professional ,teacher, lawyer, and others a place to come back to, after a hard and stressful day in the thick of the ‘rat race’ and of course where she can find counselling when she is in doubt, help when distressed and an opportunity to meet her God
All this run by a community of the Religious of Mary Immaculate who have dedicated their lives to the service of God in these, His Youth.
The Congregation of the Religious of Mary Immaculate was founded by Saint Vicenta Maria , a Spanish national, in Madrid, Capital city of Spain in the year 1876
Vicenta Maria was canonized by Pope Paul VI in the year 1975 in recognition of her sanctity attained in the service of just such young girls in dire need of protection and promotion when they arrived as innocent young people to a city fraught with all kinds of moral danger for the naïve young worker. Even then, as we continue to do now, there is a recognition that the best way to help these young people is to give them a chance for a complete secondary education and if possible even further, an opportunity for formation in human ,Christian and social values, love, friendship, sharing, forgiveness, community living etc. . Through the years we have proved that education in every way is the key to the integral development of women all over the world and this is what the sisters at Regina Pacis strive after and in which they find their great satisfaction
To love, to serve, and to lead the young girl to a realization that she is a child of God destined to a dignified place in the world with all a women’s rights, duties and privileges until the day she attains her Oneness with the Divine. Her true destiny.