ISFO and Arrupe Conduct Conversations on Ignatian Discernment among Formators

            On Friday and Saturday, 7th-8th June 2013, the Ignatian Spirituality and Formation Office (ISFO), through the Arrupe Office of Social Formation, brought together formators of the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) community for a two-day conversation on Ignatian discernment, facilitated by Fr. Victor R. Baltazar, SJ, Executive Director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality (CIS), and Fr. Roberto E. N. Rivera, SJ, Assistant to the Provincial for Social Apostolate. Other faculty and university administrators from the grade school, high school and college units were also invited, including members of the Ateneo Center for Leadership.

The seminar workshop, held at F-511/F-512, presented a general framework on the norms, traditions and practices of Ignatian discernment which orient the university as a Jesuit institution that proceeds from the very heart of the church (ex corde ecclesiae). It also generated a common understanding of the university’s distinct way of proceeding in it attempts to respond more appropriately and more fittingly on the social realities of the day, as rearticulated and codified in its vision and mission statement.

Fr. Balthazar, as the main resource speaker, facilitated the workshop by drawing from the participants (totalling twenty-three [23]) individual responses regarding their own notions of Ignatian discernment and levelling these off with those of their colleagues in the university. They were also asked how such experiences of personal/collective discernment may be applied to university life, in general. The participants were then made to articulate where and how the university must act and lead in view of the evolving need posed by internal and external challenges, as defined by the socioeconomic, political, cultural and religious landscape of the day, so as to identify possible benefits thereof for members of the university community. Meanwhile, Fr. Rivera gave an input on the Catholic social teaching to better highlight the social dimension of Ignatian discernment.

The two-day conversation was capped by an anticipated mass on Saturday, 8th June, at C-301, presided by Fr. Balthazar. (By the Arrupe Communications & Advocacy)

AFYOP Facilitates Welcome of First Year Students & Transferees to ADDU

The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) formally welcomed first year students, transferees, and other new students to the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) through the Ateneo First Year Orientation Program (AFYOP) conducted for two separate days on 28th May and 30th May 2013. The one full-day orientation is an annual program designed to prepare first year enrolees and other new students to the rigours of university life in ADDU. It provides a formative orientation as well as a formal introduction of new students as they go through the period of transition from high school to college. The AFYOP has since become an annual orientation program and is usually conducted after new students have supposedly enrolled in their chosen course, facilitated by their respective schools and departments. The First Year Development Program (FYDP) of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation primarily funds and supports the conduct of the AFYOP. The FYDP then provides the formal receptacle for these students once classes for the first semester formally begin on 10th June. Continue reading