Special Exhortation on Peace

IMG_8876Read by Janice Camañan on the Occasion of the Launching of the

2014 Mindanao Week of Peace

 We call on the name of our God, the God of Peace,

the God and Father of all peacemakers and peace-builders,

the God of the Christians, the Muslims and the Lumads,

the God of all religions in whatever form or persuasion,

the God even of those whose restless hearts continue to seek Him;

As we gather here together, we commit ourselves:

To create pathways and bi-ways,

where the spirit of our living God dwells in the

authentic expression of mercy and compassion,

of justice and righteousness, of charity and peace;

We enjoin all the members of God’s family

transcending race after race,

nation after nation,

neighbour after neighbour,

family after family,

person after person,

and in the deeper sense, heart after heart—

to build bridges, to form authentic relationships, and

to forge ties that seek no personal gain

but collective aspirations toward our common humanity.

And in our community here in Ateneo de Davao University,

we call on and invoke the name of our universal God,

the God of knowledge and eternal truth,

the God whom eternal peace dwells,

and together we appeal for the spirit of truth

to enlighten us in understanding,

that it is in God’s peace, and in His peace alone,

where true happiness and compassion rest.

We appeal for an end to violence and conflict,

in our communities, especially here in Mindanao,

an end to misunderstanding and division,

and an end to injustice and discrimination;

We exhort upon the name of our living God,

to teach us to speak the language of forgiveness,

the language of peacemakers and peace-builders,

especially those among us who had to pay a high price,

so that the struggle to attain justice lives on—

even in times of seeming hopelessness and brokenness;

We exhort upon our heart of hearts—

the inner sanctum of our being,

to hear the murmurings of God’s peace,

the kind that taught the prophets of old,

to speak on God’s behalf, and only on His behalf,

never failing to live with dignity and courage,

that God’s kingdom might be made manifest in

whatever manner, and in whatever ways it may be found;

And as we make this appeal,

we ask God to make this, our community here

in Ateneo de Davao University,

truly a community that nurtures peace,

and that by living the demands of this eternal peace

we may be truly called God’s children.

In the name of the Father,

and of the Son,

and of His most Holy Spirit,


(by M. Isabel S. Actub, 26th November 2014)



Mindanao Week of Peace is Launched Today

MWOP jpg._MG_6122_MG_6124_MG_6118_MG_6137IMG_8953IMG_8849IMG_8850 IMG_8914 IMG_8954IMG_8873IMG_8918IMG_8885IMG_8925Today, the Ateneo de Davao University at Jacinto Campus launched its observance of the 2014 Mindanao Week of Peace (MWOP) during the activity period.  Despite the light to moderate afternoon rainshowers and a change of venue from the Open Field to the Thibault Atrium, a short launching ritual took place to kick off tomorrow’s official start of this year’s MWOP, initiated by the Arrupe Office of Social Formation, the Theology Department and the Campus Ministry Office.

The chair of the Theology Department, Mr. Lunar Fayloga, gave a short introductory message, providing the rationale for the afternoon’s celebration.  Ms. Janice Camañan, program officer of the Student Servant Leadership Program (SSLP) of the Arrupe Office, recited an Exhortation on Peace, followed by a series of interfaith prayers offered in the Muslim and Christian traditions, given by Ahmad Aleef Pulong and Michael Leyson, respectively.  Atty. Romeo Cabarde, chair of the University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council (UCEAC), was on hand to give the closing remarks. Mr. Rexor Amancio, an Arrupe Vol Batch 43, emceed the short launching ceremony that was participated in by members of the roster of Arrupe Vols, who came in their distinct blue and white Arrupe-inspired t-shirt.  (The kickoff took place immediately after the candle-lighting ceremony put together by the Ateneo Public Interest and Legal Advocacy (APILA), the Guidance Center, and the School of Nursing, to commemorate this year’s World AIDS’s Day.  As such, inclement weather made the two equally important celebrations share the same venue, one after another). Continue reading

NSTP Gears Up for Fieldwork this 2nd Semester

The National Service Training Program (NSTP) of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation is now laying the groundwork for the deployment of students in their fieldwork covering a total of nine (9) Saturdays.  In preparation for this semestral long activity, an orientation was conducted for the NSTP team leaders and the student volunteers on 10th November 2014 at Finster Auditorium from 3:40 p.m. onwards.  A total number of 179 team leaders coming from fifty-two (52) NSTP classes attended the orientation.  Some fifty-two (52) members of the corps of Arrupe Vols were also present.  The Arrupe Vols play a crucial role in assisting the deployment of classes during fieldwork, and they provide the needed support for the NSTP formators in accompanying classes in the different areas in the city.

The NSTP-Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS) coordinator Ms. Agnes Sagaral and Arrupe’s Community Engagement Officer (CEO) Mr. Karl Anthony Ebol facilitated the orientation program, together with other Arrupe personnel such NSTP Field Officer Ms. Elcy Keith Debildos and Student Servant Leadership Program (NSTP) coordinator Mr. Noriel R. Rogon.

The orientation was an opportune time discuss the fieldwork’s manner of operation. It oriented students of their role as team leaders and volunteers during actual deployment vis-à-vis the role of NSTP’s identified partner communities. The orientation also discussed the general guidelines concerning the fieldwork, as well information on the minimum required activities expected from the different teams for every fieldwork day. Continue reading

New Arrupe Vols Batch 44 Formally Welcomed During BOS

3x5 ARRUPE ADDU batch44A Basic Orientation Seminar (BOS) was conducted by the Arrupe Office of Social Formation on 9th November 2014 for its newly recruited corps of student volunteers.  The whole-day seminar, held at J-301, introduced the new recruits to the thrusts of the office in view of its mandate on social formation in the Ateneo de Davao University, in the collegiate level.  It also featured an orientation on the framework as well as the guidelines for student volunteerism, which is pertinent to Arrupe’s Student Servant Leadership Program (SSLP), a program that directly supervises the student volunteers.  The SSLP is currently headed by Mr. Noriel R. Rogon and Ms. Janice Camañan, program coordinator and program officer, respectively.

And so for this school year, the Arrupe Office (formerly the Social Involvement Coordinating Office [SIC0]) announced the new batch of Arrupe Volunteers, Batch 44, who now join the current roster of student volunteers. Known as the Arrupe Vols, these new batch of students who made the cut after a thorough screening, can now legitimately assist the office in the delivery of its social formations programs in the tertiary level.

The new batch of Arrupe Vols are the following: Alvan King P. Abayon (AB Philo 2), Chessa Wynne U. Adlao (BS Bio 2), Fiona Samanta M. Ajoc (BS EnviSci 2), Lynmark B. Altres (BS Acc 2), May Roselle Joyce Ang (BS Acc 3), James Gilbert B. Arendain (BS Acc Tech 2), Mariel E. Arro (BS Chem 2), Sunshine Marie A. Borrega (BS Acc 3), Jeson Paul B. Cabug-os (BS BM 3), John Rey N. Cañete (BS Acc 2), Camille A. Casas (BS Ind Eng’g 2), Mary Rose E. Catalbas (BS Bio 2), Mary Grace E. Chew (AB IS 2), Abegail Jaf B. Del Mar (AB SW 2), Ma. Angelica Jasmin Diaz (BS Bio 2), Lorraine B. Estor (BS EnviSci 2), Jerome Vincent S. Ferraris (BS Ind Eng’g 2), Tricia Angelika B. Firman (BS Eng Educ 2), Wilfredo A. Gabriendo, Jr. (BS Ind Eng’g 2), Melzar Galicia, Jr. (BS BM 2), Sheen Frederick M. Gatchalian (BC Acc 3), Joanna Dasul T. Jeong (BS Ind Eng’g 2), Derriza Giselle B. Laburada (BS Ind Eng’g 3), Edison Edgar B. Laure (BS Chem 2), Klein N. Magdaraog (BS Civ Eng’g 3), Ma. Tricia D. Marañon (AB Psych 2), Alhessy Jern B. Ng (AB Philo 2), Myka Julia T. Nuñez (BS Ind Eng’g 2), Neilizza May R. Salcedo (BS Ind Eng’g 3), Maria Bea F. Salvador (BS Ind Eng’g 3), Jason Cyril Tajores (BS PhySci Educ 2), Frances Ina B. Toreno (BS Chem Eng’g 2), Jaeson Leigh A. Ulangkaya (BS Acc 2), Dexter Jake M. Villarosa (BS Chem Eng,g 2), and Jessmar Viola (BS Mech Eng’g 3).  All in all, including the existing volunteers from the different batches, there are now 107 Arrupe Vols this school year.

Recruitment for the new batch of Arrupe Vols (known before as SICO Vols) started as early as July in the first semester.  Those who applied went through a series of screenings conducted by the office.  The applicants were interviewed by Arrupe’s program coordinators, and those who passed were asked to participate during the Assessment Day wherein they underwent preliminary introduction on the nature of the work performed by the office.  After another round of deliberations, thirty-five (35) applicants made it to the final list constituting the new corps of student volunteers.  They are the 44th batch of volunteers since the office established a program that trains a pool of students who will act as the office’s co-formators especially in the deployment of its various programs.

Some parents of the students came inorder to lend their support to their sons and daughters, as well as to the program itself.  They then witnessed the Commissioning Rites which formed part of the BOS, and inserted during the Eucharistic Celebration presided by Fr. Daniel J. McNamara, SJ.

The director of the Arrupe Office, Ms. Lilibeth L. Arcena, was on hand to give a talk on the Social Apostolate of the Society of Jesus (SJSA) in the afternoon.  M. Isabel S. Actub, Communications and Advocacy Program (CAP) coordinator, also gave an input on the framework of Authentic Christian Humanism (ACH) in the morning session. Some of the senior Arrupe Vols assisted in the conduct of the whole-day seminar.   (By M. Isabel S. Actub, Arrupe Communications and Advocacy)