Footprints in the sand of caregiving

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Leandro (Lany) Maniwang Tapay

Published Date: January 29, 2024
Pages: 142

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“Footprints in the Sand of Caregiving” is a compilation of a soul’s reflections on its solitary walk on the shore of a lonely island of caregiving.

Withdrawn from my previous routines, lifestyle and social activities to focus on caregiving, I feel isolated and disconnected. In my loneliness and desperation, from the bottom of my heart, I cry to the Lord and the Lord answers me saying: “My steadfast love never ceases; my mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is my faithfulness”
(Lamentations 3: 22 -23).

What a wonderful promise of our Father God! When I am tempted to wallow in the mud of self-pity, I turn my gaze to the Lord. When I become depressed and distressed, I cling to His promise of unceasing love and mercy which are new every morning.

May these reflections lighten your path when you cross the dark valleys of life. May God bless you, my friend.

Leandro (Lany) Maniwang Tapay

Leandro (Lany) Maniwang Tapay, a native of Balilihan, Bohol, Philippines. His pursuit of knowledge le earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a major in English and Spanish, along with a minor in Social Sciences. Embarking on further academic endeavors, he underwent Philosophical studies at Seminario de San Carlos in Cebu City and Don Bosco Seminary in Canlubang, Calamba, both in the Philippines. Continuing his theological studies abroad, he attended the Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington, Ohio, USA. Notably, he expanded his expertise by earning a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, USA. Leandro Maniwang Tapay’s educational journey reflects a diverse and extensive commitment to learning across various disciplines and geographical locations.
Lany’s professional journey extends beyond traditional teaching roles, encompassing a diverse range of responsibilities. He began by imparting knowledge of Religious courses at Cebu Boys’ Town in Cebu City, Philippines, fostering spiritual growth among students. Transitioning to the United States, he undertook the position of teaching Latin and Religion Courses at Saint Mary High School in North Dakota, where he also served as the Dean of Boys at Saint Mary’s boarding school.
His commitment to holistic education extended to Central Catholic School in Toledo, Ohio, USA, where he taught Christian Meditation courses, emphasizing the importance of contemplative practices. His dedication to education and guidance reached new heights as the Guidance Director at London High School in London, Ohio, demonstrating his proficiency in counseling and support for students.
In a testament to his dedication to education accessibility, Lany engaged in moonlighting as he taught Philosophy Courses at Urbana University’s outreach program at the London Prison Facility, showcasing a commitment to extending education to diverse settings.
Additionally, Leandro took on the significant role of Diocesan Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States, Diocese of Columbus, demonstrating leadership in fostering mission-driven initiatives within the diocese.
Beyond his professional endeavors, Lany displayed a compassionate side as a 24/7 caregiver, showcasing his selfless commitment to the well-being of others. Through this multifaceted journey, Leandro has left an indelible mark not only as an educator but also as a caregiver and community leader.


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