Short Course - Gittins


     The Religious Life Week(s) took off on January 15, 2018 with the first of three short courses or seminars and with Fr. Anthony Gittins, CSSp as the Resource Person for  the topic: "Missionary Discipleship in the Spirit of Pope Francis." 

Fr. Tony Gittins

      Born in Manchester (England) and a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1967. He subsequently earned M.A.s in both Linguistics and Social Anthropology, and later a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. 
    In his teaching, Fr. Gittins touches the interface between the social sciences and theological disciplines. He has taught, lectured, offered workshops or given retreats in more than thirty countries from Africa to the Pacific. 
    Fr. Gittins has also wriiten books on theological and anthropological topics, as well as on mission and spirituality.
    The Religious Life Week has two parts, namely: the 3-day Conference and the Short Courses. For this year, the three courses are on "Missionary Discipleship in the Spirit of Pope Francis" (Fr. Anthony Gittins, CSSp), "Religious Life for the 21st Century: Creating Communities of Hope on a Global Scale" (Sr. Maria Cimperman, RSCJ) and "Building Bridges, Creating Meeting Points of Encounter" (Diana de Vallescar, Ph.D).

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2018 Short Courses



4 November 2017 at 8:30AM – 12NN

Moraleda Hall, ICLA

526 Tandang Sora Ave., Culiat, Quezon City





8:30 – Welcome Address

Rev. Fr. Samuel H. Canilang, CMF

ICLA Director


8:45 – Child Sexual Abuse and Response of the Church

Rev. Fr. James Kannanthanam, CMF

PhD in OD, Licentiate in Psychology, Gregorian University, Rome;

Program Coordinator of E-learning in Safeguarding Minors, ICLA


9:45 – Child Sexual Abuse and Protection of Minors in East Asian Context

Dr. Maria Carmen Lavina

PhD in Pastoral Counselling, Loyola University, Baltimore, USA



10:40 – Snacks Break


11:00 – Religious and Priestly Formation and the Issue of Protection of Minors

Rev. Msgr. Ramon Masculino, Jr.

M.S. in Pastoral Counselling, Loyola University, Baltimore, USA

Executive Secretary, CBCP Episcopal Commission on Clergy



The Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia (ICLA), in collaboration with the Centre for Child Protection (CCP) of the Gregorian University in Rome, offers an E-Learning Course on the Protection of Children.


In-campus Sessions:  12 Saturdays

Course Fee:  PhP 5,000.00

Click here for Complete Course Description






ICLA Graduates’ Reunion in China: A Time of Thanksgiving in a Season of Grace


The Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. Founded by a dynamic visionary, Fr. Domingo Moraleda, CMF in 1997, ICLA has been continually reaching out to the emergent churches in the region by offering higher education to the clergy, religious and laity in fields of Consecrated Life, Spirituality, Missiology and Biblical Ministry.

To mark this important milestone in ICLA’s history, the current Director, Fr. Sammy Canilang, CMF, thought of a different approach to the celebration. Instead of the traditional “homecoming” here on campus, he opted for an out-bound event – “the ICLA that goes forth.” The place of his choice was China since it has one of the biggest number of MA graduates throughout these 20 years, 215 all in all. Through the effective leadership of the ICLA alumni in China headed by Fr. Joseph Zhang Yulin of the Anyang Diocese and the CARES staff of ICLA, Fr. Sammy was able to fulfill this seemingly “impossible dream.”

The five-day gathering took place in the grounds of  the Retreat and Formation Center of Anyang Diocese (Jingyang Zhongxin) on September 18-22, 2017. Attending the event were 26 ICLA graduates, 4 members of the CARES team, the representative of a partner agency and the ICLA director himself. It was a privilege for the group to have the Bishop of Anyang Diocese, Most Rev. Zhang Yinlin to preside the opening Eucharistic Celebration on September 18th evening to commence the gathering of ICLA alumni in China. The Bishop inspired the attendees in his homily and welcome address to put their faith and hope in God and learn to be inclusive in their ministry. He also gave each one a meaningful souvenir- gift – his episcopal coat of arms “Duc in Altum” (Launch into the deep), which spoke to their hearts on different levels.

The daily schedule consisted in the activities reflecting the theme for each day. Day 1 New Wine in New Wineskins (Consecrated Life Today) and Prayer; Day 2 Growing in Shepherding Attitudes and Skills (Pastoral Leadership); and Day 3 Management: A Pastoral Approach. There were several opportunities for the participants to share personal and ministry updates and experiences together in small groups, dialogue with ICLA Director and the CARES team, and consult with a Spiritual Companion. Each day was punctuated with a silent community adoration followed by the Eucharistic celebration. As they enjoyed the well-prepared sumptuous meals, the attendees shared their fond memories of ICLA --- food in Manila, fun times with professors and classmates etc. etc.

In the last evening of the gathering, we altogether enjoyed a homegrown entertainment program participated by all. We were treated with many songs, dances, and a unique story telling Chinese style entitled “3 and a half.” The night ended with a meaningful Pilgrim-Dance Prayer participated by all, including the center staff and some elderly residents of the center.

The following day, the center arranged an educational tour to the National Museum of Chinese Writing – which amazed all of us of how the Chinese people have preserved and developed their script throughout the centuries. From the tour, the group proceeded to the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the scenic, Red Flag Canal (or Hongqi Qu), which is a great water project in China, being built in Taihang Mountain, where visitors can have a view of the common border of the three surrounding provinces (Henan, Hebei, and Shanxi provinces).

The whole trip to China was ICLA’s first attempt ever to gather the alumni in a country outside the Philippines to celebrate the founding anniversary of the institute. Clearly, the Lord blessed it with divine Protection, Provision, and most of all Presence of the Spirit from beginning to end. Thanks be to the One who made all these possible! Heartfelt thanks to the ICLA graduates who worked the hardest to let this happen!


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The Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia had the 17th Commencement Exercises and Thanksgiving Mass at the Fr. Domingo Moraleda Hall on June 2, 2017. Thirty six (36) graduates coming from Bangladesh (2), China (8), India (1), Indonesia (3), Korea (3), Myanmar (3), Philippines (9), and Vietnam (7) completed either a Licentiate in Theology (2), Master of Arts in Theology (30) or the Certificate Program (4), majoring in either Consecrated Life (16), Spirituality (7), Missiology (5), or Biblical Ministry (8).

Ms.Carmencita Rojas, CARES Coordinator, gave the Introduction before the Entrance Hymn. Rev. Fr. Angelito Ancla, CMF, Prefect of Apostolate of the Claretian Missionaries, Philippine Province, was the presider and homilist of the Baccalaureate Mass, which preceded the commencement exercises. 

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The Commencement Ceremonies started with the Greetings and Welcome by Amalia Teresita B. Rosana, Ph.D, Secretary/Registrar of ICLA, followed by the procession of the candidates for graduation, members of the faculty and academic staff, an alumni representative, the Board of Trustees of St. Anthony Mary Claret College, and the entrance of colors.

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Dr. Rosana also presented the candidates for graduation to the Director, Rev. Fr. Samuel H. Canilang, CMF. Sr. Cynthia Calingasan, POIC requested the Director to confer on the candidates for graduation the Degrees and Titles they have justly merited.

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The Coordinators of the four departments attested that the candidates for graduation in their respective departments have successfully met all the requirements prescribed by ICLA.

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Rev. Fr. Rodel Aligan, OP, Dean of the Faculty of Sacred Theology of the University of Santo Tomas, gave the Commencement Message.

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Sr. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hanh, LC – recipient of the Thesis Special Award and graduated with Cum Laude honor, gave the Address of Gratitude. 

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Sr. Hermiani Silalahi, FHD petitioned on behalf of the graduates of Batch 2017 to be accepted as bona fide members of St. Anthony Mary Claret College, Graduate Department-Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia Alumni Association, Inc. Br. Christopher Gorit, FMS, as representative designated by SAMCC-ICLA Alumni Association, Inc. accepted the request and led the oath-taking of the new members. This was followed by the Pledge of Loyalty by the graduates led by Sr. Marilou Montalban, SRA.

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Fr. Samuel H. Canilang, CMF gave the Closing Address before the graduates sang the ICLA Alma Mater Song and their Graduation Song.

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The awarding of honors and medals followed the distribution of diplomas. The following students graduated as CUM LAUDE:

1.   Nguyen Hong Ngoc Anh             MA in Theology, Major in Spirituality

2.   Maria MahdalenaPurba                        MA in Theology, Major in Spirituality

3.   Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hanh              MA in Theology, Major in Missiology

4.   Cynthia Calingasan                    MA in Theology, Major in Consecrated Life

5.   HermianiSilalahi                                    MA in Theology, Major in Consecrated Life and

Licentiate in Sacred Theology, Major in Consecrated Life

            The following awards were also given to deserving students:

1.   Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hanh              Special Thesis Award

2.   Sr. EberlineIcalla, LIHM             Leadership and Service Award

3.   Sr. MarilouMontalban, SRA       Leadership and Service Award

4.   Sr. Marites Toledo, LIHM          Leadership and Service Award

5.   Sr. Y Ai, IMM                              Service Award

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