GRADE SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE FORMATION CLUSTER
Mission Vision and Programs
1. The CAMPUS MINISTRY OFFICE
A God-centered family fostering Ignatian values, spiritual formation and transforming communities, with a continuous dialogue, respect and harmonious relationship with others.
Inspired by the value of humble service, we commit to cater to the spiritual formation and capacity development needs of our college students and communities through retreats, recollections, inter-faith dialogue, liturgical and para-liturgical services, capacity building and other spiritual, renewal and apostolic programs.
General Objectives: Its main task is to foster prayer life among the students and faculty and staff, to create and maintain a climate of prayer and spirituality and to build a faith community in the campus.
Core Values: The Center of all the spiritual endeavors is God. God is the greatest of all Values. Hence, prayer and communion with God through and in our Lord, Jesus Christ, lie at the center of spirituality. The following core values spring from the God-Centered Spirituality and are considered the fruits of the encounter with God.
- Human Dignity – acknowledging the value of the person as a son or daughter of God; seeing the person as God sees him/her and to allow the person to become the person he/she is called to be by God. Acknowledgment of human dignity manifests in the giving of personal care to each person (Cura Personalis)
- Friendship – establishing relationships by one’s own initiative and free will as God, by his own initiative and free will, has entered into a relationship with his people, and who continuously reaches out to us.
Friendship is the seed of companionship. To be in a companionship is to be with those who share the same desire, that is, to know, to love, to follow Jesus and to labor with him.
- Generosity –acknowledging one’s giftedness as a person and extending oneself to others to share this giftedness abundantly; it is the heartfelt giving of oneself and what one has for the greater glory of God.
- Magis – It means “More.” It is that inner drive to do more in everything; It is that inner drive to make things and life better for people, in whatever situation one finds oneself in.
- Honesty – A value of openness; the act of acknowledging and accepting the truth of oneself, of others, and the world.
- Humility– a value of inner security before God and others; acknowledging and using one’s giftedness without being self-righteous or boastful. It is a simple acknowledgment of what one can do and of what one cannot do.
- Peace – it is acknowledging the gift of the Risen Christ and the basic Islamic teaching on the way of peace. The Peace of God is the manifestation of the presence of the Kingdom of God within and among us. The Peace of God, then, invites us to work for Justice in our families, in our communities, in our society, and in the world at large. For, there is no peace, if there is no justice.
- Nature – Creation of God; A value that connects one to God, the Creator. God also speaks in and through Nature. God in Nature speaks of the person’s interconnectedness to other living things and hence, calls us to be responsible for their protection and preservation.
The office of the Campus Ministry conducts liturgical and paraliturgical celebrations and spiritual formation and renewal programs inspired by the Ignatian Spirituality.
GENERAL OBJECTIVES: Its main task is to foster prayer life among the students and faculty & staff, to create and maintain a climate of prayer and spirituality, and to build a faith community in the campus for a life of humble service to others.
A. LITURGY & MUSIC MINISTRY – Takes care of the Eucharistic Celebrations and paraliturgical celebrations of the school.
General Objectives: to be led to the appreciation of the Sacraments (especially the Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation) and the Words of Scripture in one’s life for the purpose of deepening one’s relationship with Jesus, the Christ.
B. RETREAT AND RECOLLECTION
General Objective: To reflect on one’s self, on one’s relationship with others and especially on one’ relationship with God.
a. Christian Recollection
b. Christian Retreat
c. Muslim Recollection and Retreat
The Recollection. It is a requirement of the school. It is a one-day session for second, third year and fifth year Christian and Muslim students. Each student is required to attend one recollection in his/her sophomore year, one in junior year and one in fifth year for those who are taking a five-year course. The recollection brings together the aspects and moments of personal, family, and student life, and to view them through the perspective of Christian/Islamic Faith. Muslim students attend the recollection given by Muslim speaker/s and other invited facilitators and the Christians attend the recollection facilitated by Campus Ministers and or CM student and teacher volunteers.
The Retreat. It is a three-day and out-of-campus gathering for senior students. All seniors are required to attend.
D. SPECIAL PROGRAMS
They are supporting programs of the Campus Ministry office that help deepen the spiritual functions of the student body as well as of the faculty and staff. They supplement the major programs namely the special weeks/activities, Inter-Religious Dialogue (IRD), recollections and retreats.
General Objective: To create programs that support CM’s objective of creating the atmosphere of prayer and spirituality in the campus and to imbibe Ignatian values which are Christ-like and universal values.
E. INTER - FAITH DIALOGUE PROGRAM
General Objective: To promote Inter-Religious Dialogue for Peace and Progress.
F. ALLIANCE OF RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS (ARO)
General Objective: To be formed into becoming men and women of God and men and women for others.
There are eight organizations under the Campus Ministry Office:
•Ateneo Catechetical Instruction League (ACIL)
Seek to form themselves to become persons for others by responding to the call of spreading the faith through catechesis especially to the poor and oppressed, seeking justice for them by living-out Christian lives rooted in simplicity, service, and spirituality in community.
•Ateneo Lectors Society (ALECS)
Seek to form themselves into becoming men and women of God and for others by responding to take charge of the readings during eucharistic celebrations and other liturgical activities of the Ateneo Community. They dedicate themselves in the promotion of Christian faith and values through church services and witnessing.
•Ateneo Liturgical Society (LS)
This service–oriented group serves the Lord (and devote their free time) through singing during eucharistic celebrations being held every Sunday, Weekdays and special days within the Ateneo Community. They also render other services such as wedding and vigil services and other singings engagements as part of their ministry in forming men and women for God and country.
•Christian Life Community (CLC)
A group of Christians, men and women, with similar ideals to pray and worship together, and bear witness to Christ in attitudes, words and actions. It aims to develop and sustain people who commit themselves to the service of the church and the world in every area of life. CLC spirituality is centered in Christ with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius as a specific source.
•Muslim Students Association (MSA)
To be able to implore the aid and guidance of the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful in order to establish an association that shall embody its common ideals, principles and aspirations to promote the general welfare and help strengthen the cause of unity among Muslims and Non–Muslims in the community.
•Philippine Students Alliance Lay Movement (PSALM)
To know, enjoy and share the Lord, Jesus Christ; to encourage and teach students and lay persons to obey God’s word, love one another and reach out to their peers.
•Society of the Knights of Ignatius (SKI)
A community of servers with one heart and one mission towards becoming persons for others inspired by the Ignatian Spirit of Magis in bearing witness to Christ’s mission – “in all to love and serve.”
•Youth For Christ (YFC-ADZU Chapter)
Based on the words of Scripture, “to unite all things in Christ.” (Eph. 1:10). It is a response to the call of our leadership, to proclaim Christ to all men and to be partners that provides Christian peer support to as many students as possible. YFC is a community of believers trying to make a difference in the campus and in the society.
THE CM serves as speaker/facilitator in several public schools and private schools in the city and Basilan. The following are the area of apostolate for CM
- Sangali National High School
- Bolong National High School
- Southern City Colleges (as invited)
- Brent College of Nursing and Midwifery
- Archdiocesan Youth Ministry of Basilan
- Other private groups
Areas of Apostolate for Religious organizations
- Canucutan (in coordination with CCES)
- Home for the aged (Talon-talon)
- Orphanage (Pasonanca)
- Gawad Kalinga Communities