The CARES program's theme for September 2014 is "Making Connections, Taking Directions"
Some of the goals for this month are to enable the students to have a reflective and open mind about different things, to "make sense" out of their personal experiences in ICLA, and to start learning some practical skills on how to dialogue with one another especially about issues related to our studies and community life. We would like to practice the so called "ministry of clarification" with one another, a non-negotiable element for a healthy, multi-cultural community life.
Initial Preparations for Religious Life Week 2015
From September 22-25, the CARES Coordinator will meet with representatives from different countries for the initial preparation for the annual Religious Life Week which will be held on January 22-24, 2015. The Opening Prayers for the three days will be prepared by the students from Vietnam, Myanmar and China. The students from the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea and Zimbawe will be in charge of the Eucharistic Celebration on the third day of the conference.
The year 2015 has been declared as The Year of Consecrated Life. ICLA has planned a special celebration with the theme "Consecrated Women and Men: Wake up the World!" which echoes the challenge of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, to all consecrated persons.
The resource speakers for that event are Father Antonio Pernia, SVD, Sr. Sandra Schneiders, IHM and Fr. Bienvenido Baizas, OFM.
Self-led "Recollection" in September
Instead of having a community recollection on the last Saturday of September, the resident students will have an opportunity to a self-led prayer time which they can do on Monday, September 29th since they are free on that day. Individually, they will be asked to set aside one full hour for a focused "personal recollection" using a Prayer-Reflection Guide which will be provided for them.
The purpose of this guide is to help all the students to have a meaningful dialogue with the Lord before the semester ends through a personal integration time.
It is our hope that all the First Year students will "own God's call to them to journey in ICLA at this time of their lives" and that all the Second Year students and the Thesis-writers among them will be encouraged to "give their all" as they pursue their major field and complete their final work.
The Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia (ICLA) is a center for doing theology to revitalize spirituality and mission in emergent churches, particularly in Asia.