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On this solemnity of all the saints, we declare our faith that truly, our communion with God and with one another as believers has no boundaries – whether space or time or culture or language. The liturgy today stretches our sense of time and sense of identity as Christian people and this fills us with hope.  We are part of a bigger whole, of an immense circle of holiness that we cannot even imagine now. Multitudes in the past, in the present, and in the years to come are mystically joined together, sharing a common salvation story in Christ, our Savior.  

In ICLA, we remember on this very day, the 8th anniversary of Fr. Domingo Moraleda’s tragic death on the road in 2008.

As the Founder and First Director of ICLA, he was a great visionary and missionary. He was man who was moved by compassion, and for that reason, he was always on the move. His burning passion was to gather together in this institute many religious men and women and laity from different Asian countries that they may receive higher education and experience transformation in Christ for mission in this region.

Despite his many imperfections, the message of his life was loud and clear: first, great faith in God and energy for the mission; and second, big, compassionate, generous and caring heart for people, especially for the ICLA community. People experienced him as both a fathering and mothering director. His love was felt, and it was so strong!

 Our being here today is a fruit of his many dreams, hard work, travels and prayers.The Moraleda legacies of self-sacrifice for mission, tender – mercy and vibrant community spirit continue to live on in this place, and will always be the hallmarks of ICLA education. To these we will commit.

Fr. Moraleda, pray for us in a special way as we continue our retreat.May God grant all of us the grace of awakening to who we truly are in God’s sight – already blessed and beloved daughters and sons of the Merciful One, whom you now behold, face to face.  

Prepared by Ms. Menchie Rojas

Fr Moraleda and Dianne

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Annual Retreat 2016





















On the 28th of October 2016, Fr. Paulini Zhai, SJ introduced the 8-day Ignatian Retreat to the ICLA resident students. An annual retreat is part of their integral formation as they pursue their masteral or doctoral studies in the Institute. As contained in the Vision statement of ICLA, the Institute is "an academic-formative community of higher learning..." The retreat is being held at the ICLA campus.

Assisting Fr. Paulini are nine Spiritual Directors/Companions to whom the retreatants go for spiritual direction/accompaniment. This is an important part of of the Ignatian Retreat. There is only one conference (45 minutes - 1 hour) and the rest of the day is spent in private prayer, except the common Eucharistic celebration in the evening, and spiritual accompaniment. This is a silent retreat and it is very inspiring to observe the students being silent each day. 

The Spiritual Directors/Companions are Fr. James Kannanthanam CMF, Sr. Cecilia Claparols RA, Sr. Vicky Palanca ICM, Sr. Nori Marquez FI, Sr. Li Lanxiu RSCJ, Sr. Amelia Vasquez RSCJ, Ms. Tessa Rosana, Sr. Elvie Camilion FCJ, and Fr. Fred Saniel SVD. Each retreatant goes for spiritual accompaniment during the retreat at least every other day. Some meet their spiritual companion every day.

We thank all of you who are praying for us during the retreat. Today, 1st of November, is the 4th day of the Ignatian Retreat.

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Written by Fr. Joseph Ly Van Thuong, OP


We are living in the spirit of Laudato Si', a very topical Encyclical Letter of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, on "Care For Our Common Home".

Fortunately, all students of Spirituality and the Environment: JPIC of ICLA, AY 2016 had a nice opportunity for a two-day visit to the Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary, a green museum in Baguio City of the Philippines, on October 14 - 15, 2016.

I would like to share some aspects of my own personal experience about the interesting journey of our class.

First, Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary is situated in a 2.8-hectare land in the heart of Baguio City. It is not a wide place compared to many other places, but it is a very peaceful location covered by green pine trees, bamboos and other trees and decorated by many different kinds of multi-color flowers. Here, we breathe in and out the very fresh air, and we seem to hear the whispers of our mother earth through the rustling and fluttering of pine leaves. Here, too, we raise our voices with the birds' singing and insects' chirping of "Praises to the Lord."

Second, Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary, as a green museum, encourages us to become more conscious of the earth's limited resources and be aware of how our actions affect their power to sustain life. “The earth's resources are being plundered… The loss of forests and woodlands entails the loss of species which may constitute extremely important resources in the future…” (Cf. LS, no. 32).

Third, Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary not only enlightens us to love nature and to live with the simple and natural things that are very familiar to us in our daily life. A small landed house with its thatched roof and without the material conveniences of the modern world remind us about the spirit of Christian poverty, as the example of "the poverty and austerity of Saint Francis [to be] no mere veneer of asceticism, but something much more radical: a refusal to turn reality into an object simply to be used and controlled" (LS, no. 11).

Fourth, as its mission, Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary not only promotes a holistic understanding of the Earth through scientific data, but also preserves the values of ancient customs and traditions of the indigenous cultures and the rich spiritualties of all great religions of the world through the language of symbols. In this sense, it is essential to show special care for indigenous communities and cultural traditions and true religions of the peoples all over the world (Cf. LS, no. 146).

Finally, visiting Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary help us to love all things that God created with the spirit of deep thanksgiving, to live a peaceful mind and to be satisfied with simple things in life in order to deeply sympathize with the poor and share the suffering of our mother Earth. In other words, to live the ecological spirituality we are invited to sacrifice a part of our life to God, to the happiness of others, to the fraternity, to justice, to peace, to human dignity, to the universal cosmos and to all God’s creatures. In short, to be close to nature is to be closer to God.





A retreat is a special time in our community life in ICLA to consciously focus on our Lord Jesus and let him be the center of our lives and our vocation. In our annual retreat on this Jubilee Year of God’s Mercy, may we encounter the Lord in a surprising way, that we may see everything more clearly, love God more dearly and follow him more nearly, especially at this stage of our spiritual journey.

The resident students’ annual retreat is one of the highpoints of ICLA’s academic year. It is usually held on campus for five days and the retreat master chooses the theme and designs the dynamics taking into consideration the students’ needs and the recommendations of the CARES staff. In the past 4 years, the organizers invited retreat facilitators from India (2012) the Philippines (2013), Belgium (2014), and Japan (2015). This year, the Institute has opted for an 8-day (October 29 - November 5, 2016) silent, directed retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. The Retreat Master is Fr. Paulini Zhai, a Jesuit priest from China but residing in the Philippines. During the preparatory meeting with the CAREs staff, he emphasized that this particular style of retreat is not so much about listening to “great input” or “power – talks.” Rather, it is primarily about making a wide space for God who is already here and who wants be found, encountered in all things. Generosity in prayer, openness to the Spirit and to the spiritual director/ companion can help in making the retreat fruitful and effective.

The Holy Spirit is the real director of the retreat, but the role of Spiritual Directors or Spiritual Companions is so vital in the process. The students will meet individually with a spiritual director for about 30-45 minutes every other day (or four times during the 8 days), to share their experience of prayer or about whatever is going on between them and God throughout the day. For majority of the ICLA students, going for Spiritual Direction is something new, but those who already have been seeing their Spiritual Companion on a regular basis attest that it has been helping them grow in knowing the Lord more closely, having self-awareness and in integrating prayer and life. Serving as Spiritual Directors / Spiritual Companions during this retreat are competent spiritual guides. They are men and women who have personally undergone Ignatian retreats and received training in the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises.

ICLA Director Fr. Sammy Canilang, CMF hopes that this very first experience of a silent, directed retreat will help the ICLA students to truly experience God in a more personal way and deepen their relationship with Christ. He also envisions that the different forms of prayer that they will use during the retreat such as Lectio Divina, imaginative contemplation and praying over one’s life-experiences will enable them to be grounded in God amidst their daily activities.

Prepared by Ms. Menchie Rojas





Orientation of ICLA’s First Year Students: 4-6 August 2016

The CARES Team facilitated a three-day orientation for the First Year students last August 4-7. The main objectives of the event were (1) to provide the students an initial experience of the reality of ICLA as their ‘home away from home” for the next three years, (2) to enable them to understand and connect with ICLA’s Vision-Mission as an intercultural community, and (3) to impart a spiritual perspective for the academic-formative processes that they will have to go through as resident students of the Institute.


On the first day, the new students were given opportunities to get to know one another and received some basic training in community building and communication. The facilitators were Ms. Menchie Rojas and Ms. Lettie Taberdo.





On the second day of the Orientation Program, Fr. Edgar Javier, SVD, Head of the Missiology Department of ICLA, introduced the students to the concepts of Culture and how these can be applied to the community life in ICLA.




On August 7, Sunday, the First Year students had a city tour to visit some key places in Metro Manila.



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