Greetings from the Faculty of Sacred Theology of the University of Santo Tomas!
“As Asia inevitably shifts its gear towards globalization, despite its negative effects the Church should not simply look at it as a threat but rather an opportunity for evangelization.
But opportunity comes with preparation not only with our methods of engagement.
In the midst of cultural diversities and religious pluralism, we should not be afraid to aim for holiness and turn over ourselves to the love of God. Holiness does not mean performing extraordinary things but carrying out daily things in an extraordinary ways with love, joy and faith.
Such is being imbided in this Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia.
We cannot measure how this institute has sent missionaries and consecrated men and women to preach the word of God both in witnessing and sharing. Only the growth of the Church in Asia can tell.
We pray that the institute will continue to do so.
May God bless your endeavors!
Fr. Rodel E. Aligan, O.P.
Dean, Faculty of Sacred Theology
University of Santo Tomas
After their final examinations, the second year resident students left for the SVD Seminary in Tagaytay City for the first ever “integrative and re-entry” retreat for graduating resident students of ICLA. Held on March 14-16, 2014, this important event was prepared by the CARES’ team to help the candidates for graduation to “exit with gratitude and re-enter their communities with hope”. The dynamics of the retreat appreciate the purpose and meaning of their years in the Institute and to inspire them to envision their life and ministry as they return home. The retreat’s theme was “ICLA: A Journey of Personal Transformation”.
The students found the retreat to be timely, effective, and relevant to their current concerns. They were thankful that they had enough opportunity to pray, reflect on their personal experiences, share about them in small groups as well as in plenary sessions and learn from the wisdom of their facilitators. The topics dealt with were their experience of separation from their community/ country, their “liminal experience” in ICLA, their present need for closure, integration, and encouragement, especially in community life –through “mending hurts and moving on in peace”, and openness to the surprises of “re-incorporation” and return to their own communities.
The members of the ICLA facilitating team were Fr. Samuel Canilang, CMF; Fr. Josep Rovira, CMF; Sr. Amelia Vasquez, RSCJ; Sr. Elvie Camilion, FCJ and Ms. Menchie Rojas.
The Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia (ICLA) is a center for doing theology to revitalize sprituality and mission in emergent churches, particularly in Asia.