Catherine McAuley

Founder of Sisters of Mercy 1778-1841


Loving God, You chose Catherine McAuley for the service of your people who are poor, sick and uneducated. You inspired her to found the Sisters of Mercy so that these good works might endure. Give to each of us a portion of her compassionate spirit and an ardent desire to serve your suffering people.

Bless all our undertakings and grant that union and charity may always thrive among us.

Graciously, hear our prayer for Catherine and by granting the favors we ask through her intercession, hasten the day when her sanctity will be celebrated by all the Church. Amen.

60 Years of Educating Mind, Heart and Spirit at Santa Barbara Catholic School

by Sr. Maria Rosario Gaite, RSM


Santa Barbara School changed its name to Santa Barbara Catholic School in 2001 to emphasize its Catholic identity. Above is the recent addition to the school's campus, Our Lady of Mercy Hall, dedicated and blessed in 2007. It houses the new cafeteria, and 5 additional classrooms.

Santa Barbara Catholic School marks the celebration of its 60th anniversary with a special Eucharistic celebration on Sunday, September 5, 2010, 2:30 PM at Santa Barbara Church presided by Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM Cap., DD. After the Eucharistic liturgy, a reception will be held at the school’s campus in Dededo village. Entertainment featuring the students, faculty, parents, and alumni will be held at the school’s Petrie Gymnasium. There will also be a special service awards presentation to honor faculty and staff who have dedicated their lives in service to the school for 5, 10, and 20 plus years.

Santa Barbara School Circa 60s. Santa Barbara students with Fr. Raymond, former pastor of Santa Barbara Parish.

Santa Barbara School Circa 60s. Santa Barbara students with Fr. Raymond, former pastor of Santa Barbara Parish.

SBCS chose for its theme “60 Years of Educating Mind, Heart, and Spirit” to promote its vision and mission of providing a holistic, meaningful, and dynamic education. The school’s vision is to enable its students to grow into academically competent, socially responsive, and productive, life long learners. On January 26, 2009, as part of the preparation for its 60th anniversary, the school launched the Msgr. Zoilo Camacho Endowment Fund. Named after its former pastor, Msgr. Zoilo Camacho, who donated a substantial amount to the school upon his death, the Endowment Fund has been set up principally to fund the tuition scholarship program of the school.

SBCS is calling on all the alumni, friends, and benefactors to attend the celebration. This is a call to support the school’s campaign to build tuition scholarships for students seeking quality Catholic education who are in need of financial assistance. The scholarship campaign provides a meaningful dimension to the school’s celebration of its 60 years of Catholic education in the island community.

On its 60th year, Santa Barbara Catholic School pays tribute to those who have contributed to its continued growth and success: former administrators, pastors, the Sisters of Mercy, and generous benefactors. The school is looking forward to the next 60 years with an even greater commitment to academic excellence and faith formation of its students.

For more information on the school’s celebration, call 632-5578 or visit the school’s website at

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