Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City – School of the Holy Spirit of Quezon City, Barangay Holy Spirit

Hidden, in the far corner of the BF Homes subdivision, is the School of the Holy Spirit of Quezon City (SHSQC). Established in 1978 and opened in 1979 as a private all-girls’ Catholic school, the SHSQC is run by the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit (Servae Spiritus Sancti  or SSpS).  The SHSQC started out as a satellite school for the College of the Holy Spirit (founded in 1913), in Manila, as the SSpS wanted to branch out to other areas of the Philippines. Now it is a completely autonomous unit from the College of the Holy Spirit.

1978 School of the Holy Spirit of Quezon City
1978 School of the Holy Spirit of Quezon City

A private all-girls’ Catholic school, the SHSQC allowed residents to avail of quality education, without having to travel far. The establishment of the SHSQC would eventually lead to the area being called Barangay Holy Spirit.

1978 School of the Holy Spirit of Quezon City
1978 School of the Holy Spirit of Quezon City

Guided by the motto is “Veritas in Caritate” (Truth in Love), the students of the SHSQC are encouraged to explore beyond their scholastic studies, and hone their other skills and talents. Many of the SHSQC alumnae have entered into the fields of arts and entertainment.

Saint Arnold Janssen, S.V.D. (1837-1909)
Saint Arnold Janssen, S.V.D. (1837-1909)

At the gardens of SHSQC is a bust of St. Arnold Janssen S.V.D. (1837-1909), the German founder of the SSpS and the Society of the Divine Word. He was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2003, which led to much jubilation at the SHSQC. This bust was installed during that period, to commemorate the sainthood of their founder.

St. Arnold Janssen Spirituality CenterAt the far end of the SHSQC parking lot is the St. Arnold Janssen Spirituality Center, which is both the home to the SSpS nuns, as well as a retreat house. Constructed in the late 2000s, the venue has been used by both students and faculty of the SHSQC, as well as many organizations who are seeking a peaceful place to reflect, while in the heart of Quezon City.

One of the interesting structures in the center is the circular chapel, at the end of the road. With its wide open doors, the cool breeze from the Marikina Valley wafts throughout the chapel, adding to the already peaceful atmosphere of the area.

St. Arnold Janssen Spirituality Center
St. Arnold Janssen Spirituality Center

Right beside the chapel and the entrance to the center is a copy of the bust of St. Arnold Janssen, which stands to remind visitors of the founder and his works.

St. Arnold Janssen Spirituality Center
St. Arnold Janssen Spirituality Center

The SHSQC and the St. Arnold Janssen Spirituality Center are hidden places of learning and spiritual growth, in the middle of the fast growing and now bustling Barangay Holy Spirit. For the students of the SHSQC, it is an opportunity to growth in such a peaceful and green place, as they prepare to take on the mad world on the outside.

1978 School of the Holy Spirit of Quezon City

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