Student Exposure Program in Pablo-Stricken Areas Eyed for Volunteers

This year, the Ateneo Student Exposure Program (ASEP), an institutionalized exposure program for student volunteers since 1978, is being mapped out to serve areas and communities hardly hit by Tropical Storm Pablo. The Arrupe Office of Social Formation, where the ASEP is lodged under, is currently re-thinking and re-designing the program for this year to factor in community service that specifically responds to Pablo’s impact, fielding its corps of student volunteers to undergo intensive two-week exposure in areas that suffered the most devastation. Communities eyed as possible exposure areas are those in Compostela Valley and in Davao Oriental.

The Arrupe Office will soon do an extensive area scanning to determine appropriate venues as possible areas of deployment for its groups of student volunteers. The intensive exposure period is set to commence shortly before the summer session. Student volunteers who qualify for the program are expected to sojourn in their specific area of exposure and are expected to render community service in accordance with the specific needs of the community.  To some extent, this is a bit different from the previous management of the program, since this year’s design is specifically tailored fit according to the contingencies demanded by the effects of Pablo in areas that have been badly hit.

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Special Mass for the Death Anniversary of Fr. Pedro Arrupe

To pay tribute to Fr. Pedro Arrupe, the twenty-eight Superior General of the Society of Jesus and one of the most influential Jesuits in the twentieth century, the Arrupe Office of Social Formation will celebrate a special mass today at five o’clock in the afternoon at the new college chapel. Twenty-two years ago, in 1991, Fr. Arrupe died in Rome after a lingering illness, following a stroke.

Fr. Arrupe was elected Superior General of the Jesuits during its thirty-first General Congregation in 1965. He was largely credited for shepherding the Jesuits in one of the most challenging contemporary eras in the church wherein the work for social justice and preferential option for the poor, among others, were crystallized as the Jesuits’ major apostolic focus.

The Arrupe Office will celebrate this special mass today as a way of giving honour to Fr. Arrupe, whose very name the Social Involvement Coordinating Office (the former name of the Arrupe Office), took on during the kickoff of its thirtieth year anniversary.   (By M. Isabel S. Actub, Arrupe Communications & Advocacy)