Values and Spiritual Formation
The more challenging aspect of Tuloy’s task has to do with the transformation of the inner self. For children who had the streets for their home and school, this means restoring values that may have been lost, and teaching values they were never taught… devotion to God, respect for oneself and for others, discipline, honesty, hard work, gratitude, to name a few. The task of formation is a gargantuan one and everyone in the community, from Tuloy’s founder, Fr. Rocky Evangelista, SDB, to the teachers or the maintenance crew knows he has a part in it.
The children learn a step at a time. They learn to keep themselves and their dorms clean, to follow routines, to abide by house and school rules. They learn proper behavior and the golden rule. They learn that they are loved. They learn to be thankful and to forgive. They begin to discard old habits such as using foul language or being quick to pick a fight. They channel idle time to sports and crafts. They study well and begin to aspire and to dream of a future.