Campus Ministry and Social Involvement

Goal and Objectives

The Campus Ministry and Social Involvement Program (CMSI) is a non-academic formation program focusing on the SPIRITUAL and SOCIAL aspects of formation. It seeks to form the school community to be Christ-centered and socially responsible individuals through the Ignatian paradigm. 

The goal of the Program stems from the school motto – IN OMNIBUS AMARE ET SERVIRE – which is translated as: to love and serve in all things.  It came from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola expressing the Ignatian ideal of love and service to Jesus Christ and to others especially the less priviledged.  

This formation program has two facets leading to the its goal namely: SPIRITUAL FORMATION that is contemplative in nature but carries themes of social responsibility and FORMATION ON SOCIAL AWARENESS AND INVOLVEMENT that is shaped by the perspective of faith. 

The Program objectives are as follows:

  1. to form the school community to be Christ-centered by facilitating the religious and apostolic activities of the students and the faculty and staff, such as retreats, recollections, school masses, confessions, prayer services;
  2. to raise the social awareness of the school community and provide venues for all members to exercise their social responsibility by organizing exposure, immersion and social involvement activities; and
  3. to act as overall moderator of the spiritual/religious and social involvement activities of the school and all other special campaigns and drives for advocacy or  in times of calamities.

The CMSI MOTTO: Ite Inflammate Omnia   

St. Ignatius is often quoted to have said,   “Ite Inflammate Omnia” (Go forth, and set the world on fire.) CMSI adapts these words as its motto to carry the missionary spirit of the Society of Jesus. Ateneans are formed to be missionaries in their daily life—to embody and spread the Christian values they learn in school, live it and bring it out  - bring Christ to the world—in the family, in our apostolate communities, among their friends, and to the whole society.

The CMSI Logo

SYMBOL FOR CHRIST 

The CMSI logo is inspired by an ancient Christian symbol, the ICHTHYS.ΙΧΘΥΣ or Ichthys is an acronym for Iēsous Christos, Theou Yios, Sōtēr. It stands for Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior. Early Christians use it as a secret symbol for Christianity. Old stories speak of the Ichthys as a symbol used by the early Christians to know whether they are in good company. A Christian will draw half of the symbol in front of a stranger he meets. If the other person will complete the symbol, then the first person knows that the other person is a Christian also.

CHINESE PROVERB

The fish symbol also signifies the old Chinese proverb, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” This is the brand of social awareness that the CMSI seeks to engrave in the minds and hearts of Ateneans, to not be confined with small acts of charity but also to strive to provide a more sustainable approach to helping the poor, to help people and communities help themselves.   

 BIBLICAL REFERENCES 

The Ichthys, which looks like a fish, is an allusion to two Biblical events namely, the feeding of the multitude (Luke 9: 10-19) referred to as a “miracle of generosity” and Jesus’ calling of disciples (Matthew 4:19) where he said, “Come follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

The Formation Program Matrix

The theme per grade level of the Christian Living Education (CLE) classes of the students is the overarching theme of the CMSI formation program for each level. This implies that the preparation or the departure point of the students for their journey towards mission and service are the knowledge, attitudes and skills they learned primarily from the CLE as well as in their other academic subjects. The CMSI formation program has been designed in such a way that its different aspects – sacraments, prayer, immersion and retreats - are shaped and fashioned towards mission and service, the core of Ignatian Spirituality.  

Grade

Level

Christian Living Education [as Preparation for

the Journey]

Social Awareness / Involvement

Prayer/ Recollection /

Retreat Theme

Formation Goals

ROAD TO NAZARETH

Kinder

No CLE Subject

 

Offering of  school supplies, story books and cash for Blue Spoon Feeding Program during Prayer Services

 

I am God’s beloved.

I love God and Others.

*Awareness of God’s unconditional love for all his children.

*Awareness of the reality of children who are materially in need and God’s unconditional love for them too.

 

1

God the loving Father

2

Eucharist

3

Family, Schl, Cmty.

4

Life & Ministry of Jesus

Interaction with Blue Spoon [Feeding Program] Beneficiaries

Jesus feeds the hunger in our hearts through the Bread of Life – Eucharist.

*Awareness of a God who loves me unconditionally.

* Awareness of the problems of hunger among Filipino children.

*Pupils resolve not to waste food.

*Increase contribution in the Iggy Bank.

5

Sacraments

Visit public schools who are recipients of Blue Spoon and eat lunch with them. Donate story books.

Belonging to God’s Family -the Church – [we take care of each others needs as brothers and sisters]

*Gain deeper appreciation of one’s family

* Gain a sense of belongingness to God’s family – the church

* Pupils get to know the beneficiaries of the feeding program personally.

*Resolve not to waste food.

*Increase contribution in Iggy Bank.

6

Commandments

Tree Growing

Growing and Becoming

*Gain a sense of interconnectedness with others & the environment

*Heightened understanding of the need to protect environment and their roles as children.

*Feel a great sense of gratitude to God and to their parents / family for their growth and breakthroughs.

7

Old Testament

ROAD TO CANAAN

Elderly – Asilo de Molo

My Personal Salvation History

*Awareness of an ever-present God who journeys with his people and never abandons them.

* Awareness of a God who ‘calls’ us into mission

* Resolve to advocate for the care of the elderly.

8

New Testament & Church

ROAD TO BETHANY

Regional Rehabilitation Center for the Youth (Juvenile)

A God who is TOTALLY present in my life and who calls me to constantly

Choose to follow Him.

*Understands Ignatian discernment: making good choices.

*Become aware of Christ who calls me to constantly CHOOSE Him.

*Resolve to support campaigns for rehab of  CICL

9

Morality

ROAD TO BETHLEHEM

GK Area, Maasin, Guimaras

Becoming an “Alter Cristus”

 

*Make life choices that leads to God’s love deepening in one’s life

* “What would Jesus do?” becomes one’s guiding principle.

*Desire to collaborate with Jesus in His mission of building the Kingdom by serving the poor in his/her own capacity.

 

10

Social Teachings

ROAD TO JERUSALEM

Public School Tutorial

Following God’s call

*Awareness of one’s sins –personal and social

*Conviction not to give up amidst difficulties - to take up the cross daily

*Instill a culture of alternative lifestyle of simplicity, care for the environment, preferential option for the poor

11

Social Apostolate 1

ROAD TO EMMAUS

Labor / Informal Sector

 

Proclaiming the

Good News

*Realize and take into mind the value of labor and the dignity of work  

*Intense desire - hearts were burning – to be of service to society esp the less priviledged

*be able to have a discerning spirit / heart

12

Social Apostolate 2

Community-based enterprise

Loving and Serving

 the Lord

*Recognize the goodness of God in one’s life

*Make options in lifestyle and career  to serve the Lord by serving the poor

*Live out the culture of an alternative lifestyle.

*Be able to see the movements of God for the previous years, making them see where God calls them.

 Program Components

1. ROAD TRIP  

To go on a “road trip” is to journey or to travel by land. The Atenean concept of road trip, however, goes beyond the ordinary.  

ROAD TRIP is the word used by Ateneans for their formation program which consists of an exposure trip / immersion to a marginalized sector and a retreat component. When students start their immersion, they enter as well into a retreat experience, the two being closely integrated in one program.   For an Atenean, ROAD TRIP means:  Reach Out And Discover, Think, Reflect, Interiorize and Pray.

The name of the program points us into happenings common in the Scriptures—people walking together in a journey to know God more and to follow his will.  Many of the Lord’s preaching about his Father happened also during his many journeys with his followers and friends whether by land or by sea. 

Grade School: ROAD TO NAZARETH

When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him. (Lk 2:39-40) 

‘Road to Nazareth’ is the CMSI formation program for the Grade School. It draws inspiration from the hidden life of Jesus in Nazareth. The Primary Grade pupils’ social awareness activities are integrated in their prayer services.  They are made aware of the needs and concerns of the public school children and are asked to pray and volunteer to offer goods for them during their scheduled prayer service.

Grade 4 and 5 pupils have a whole day activity where they interact with the public school pupils in the morning and have their prayer activities in the afternoon. The Grade 6 pupils are given a half day work related to the care of the environment and an overnight reflection and prayer activities. 

Jesus lived with Mary and Joseph in Nazareth where he “grew and become strong filled with wisdom” (Lk 2:39-40).  Jesus lived a life of obedience, humility and prayer with the guidance of Mary and Joseph. The hidden life of Jesus in Nazareth is the inspiration for the grade school pupils to value obedience, generosity, humility and prayer as they are being prepared for greater things in the years to come.

Grade 7: ROAD TO CANAAN

Now, when Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the Philistines’ land, though this was the nearest; for God said: if the people see that they have to fight, they might change their minds and return to Egypt. Instead, God rerouted them toward the Red Sea by way f the wilderness road, and the Israelites went up out of the land of Egypt arrayed for battle. Moses also took Joseph’s bones with him, for Joseph had made the Israelites take a solemn oath, saying, “God will surely take care of you, and you must bring my bones up with you from here.” (Ex 14:17-19) 

The Road to Canaan is the CMSI formation program for Grade 7. Students undergo an exposure activity with the elderly of Asilo de Molo. They are given the opportunity to interact with the elderly and more importantly, to listen to their long-kept secrets. In the process, they see God’s presence never abandoning each one of us because of his unconditional love. The exposure activity is immediately followed by a short analysis of the situation of the elderly. The product of this analysis and the students’ experience-based realizations are brought to the context of prayer during the recollection that follows. The Road to Canaan draws inspiration from Exodus where the people of God went through struggles as they journeyed to the Promised Land realizing in the end that God’s unconditional love never failed them.

Grade 8: ROAD TO BETHANY

 As they continued their journey he entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha  welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary [who] sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.’ (Luke 10: 38 – 42) 

The Road to Bethany provides an opportunity for Grade 8 students to discover that helping others can take the form of an “apostolate of presence”. At times, it is not what we actually do or say that helps another but simply our being there. Grade 8 students under this program go to the Regional Rehabiliation Center for the Youth, a home for Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL) in Guimaras. They spend a day of interactions with the RRCY residents. RRCY stories of Ateneo students are always rich with insights—about the melting down of their prejudice against CICL , about second chances in life, about God’s unconditional mercy for his children,  that the more important thing at some point is to just be with them because their mere presence reminds the RRCY residents that they, too, are children and are never forgotten by God. 

Grade 9: ROAD TO BETHLEHEM

“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinus was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem,  because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”(Lk 2:1-7)

The Road to Bethlehem is the CMSI formation program for Grade 9. It draws inspiration from the life of Christ as God who became man. The story of Incarnation is a story of IMMERSION in itself. At this stage, students go on a three-day immersion in a poor community while they are made to reflect on their possible response to the different social realities which confronts them within and beyond the their immersion experience. The Road to Bethlehem also alludes to the star-guided journey of the wise men, an adventure that could only be traveled in darkness. But in darkness, one finds the light of Christ  leading the lost to God’s loving presence. 

Grade 10: ROAD TO JERUSALEM

 “To other towns I must announce the good news of the reign of God, because that is why I was sent” (Lk. 4:43).   

Jesus is presented in the temple in Jerusalem as an infant (Luke 2:22-40).  Luke tells us that “his parents used to go every year to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover” (Lk. 2:41). Starting first in Nazareth, he then goes from town to town, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and gathering disciples.  He goes about teaching and preaching, healing the sick and the blind. 

The Road to Jerusalem formation prepares the Grade 10 learners to be followers of Jesus’ mission that began in Jerusalem.  Through their tutorial classes every week - teaching the public school students - they will journey with Jesus to Jerusalem, to their own Jerusalem – where they are to give themselves in generous service to the Lord, despite difficulties. 

2.  SACRAMENTS AND PRAYER SERVICES 

At the core of the CMSI Program is the Sacraments and Prayer Services Component.  The Office creates an atmosphere of religious celebration in the community by providing opportunities for liturgical, prayer and devotional exercises to nourish spiritually the life of the Christian community in school. Monthly masses, reception of the Sacraments and prayer services are scheduled based on the Church’s Liturgical Calendar. 

Being the heart of the CMSI Program, liturgies and prayer services are also being done during ROAD TRIPS and BLUE ALERT activities.

3.  BLUE ALERT 

‘Blue Alert’ is a code used in military and civilian defense to signal the second stage of alert to prepare for a threat or a dangerous weather condition.  In the CMSI Program, this is a word used for services and activities related to emergency preparedness and response during calamities, as well as ecological and health concerns that need immediate attention.  

St. Ignatius’ challenge is to “engage the world”. Blue Alert is the CMSI Program Component that enables the school community to help respond to whatever the world urgently needs. Thus, under this Component are the following services:  Disaster Response, Blue Spoon -  a supplementary Feeding program for public school pupils and Care for our Common Home, an ecological advocacy against issues related to poverty and environmental degradation inspired by the Encyclical of Pope Francis entitled Laudato Si.

 

 

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