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Cagayan de Oro City

 

Canossian Sisters community in Cagayan de Oro was opened in 1983 in Sto. Niño Parish in Cogon  through the invitation of Archbishop Patrick Cronin to assist in the Parish pastoral ministries.  After a year, Archbishop Cronin formally entrusted the administration of the House of Friendship orphanage to the Canossian Sisters.  This mandate was welcomed by the sisters who considered it a privilege and a blessing to serve the poor in the lives of abandoned children and children with disabilities. The Sisters have also  been engaged in caring for the street kids in the market area since 1990 by giving them a shelter where  they can stay for feeding, human and spiritual formation  or tutoring for those who are under the scholarship program.   In 1991 the Sisters transferred from Cogon  to a new site in Brgy.  Lapasan where Canossa Kindergarten and Day Care Center was established  to give catholic education to poor children in the vicinity.  On the other hand, the House of Friendship was transferred in  Brgy. Tablon where Balay Canossa was also established as a temporary shelter for street kids who would like to finish their studies.   However, due to flooding and hazardous factory activities going on in the area, Balay Canossa and House of Friendship were transferred to Lapasan on August 22, 2017.  The Canossian Fathers’ seminary was opened in the same compound in 2008.  They celebrate daily Masses to the community.  Today, this compound houses the Sisters’ convent, Canossa Kindergarten, Canossian Fathers’ seminary, House of Friendship and Balay Canossa .  Its services are all geared to make Jesus known and loved especially to the most in need.