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

Pope Francis’ Document Up for Discussion at Today’s Pakighinabi

         The Ateneo Leadership Center (ALC), in coordination with the Office of the President, will tackle Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation entitled Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”) through the monthly series of conversations called the Pakighinabi.  At four o’clock in the afternoon today, 19th December, at F-705A, Fr. Archimedes “Kim” Lachica, SJ, Campus Minister for Faculty and Staff and a member of ALC, will lead the discussion on this Jesuit pope’s most extensive piece of writing since his elevation to the papacy.  Expected to join the conversation are the members of the ALC, the Office of the President, the Ignatian Spirituality and Formation Office (ISFO), faculty of the Theology and Philosophy departments, staff and personnel of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation, members of the Formation Cluster in the Grade School and High School units, and other invited guests. University President Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ is expected to grace this occasion. Fr. Joel has always been a regular attendee of Pakighinabi – a specific venue where important and relevant issues concerning the church and society, as articulated in the university’s vision-mission statement, are brought to the fore for academic/intellectual discourse among experts, people-in-the-know and those who would like to be abreast of the current reading of the different signs of the times.

         Earlier in the week, 17th December at F-213, Fr. Kim has given a briefer on Evangelii Gaudium during the Advent Recollection of the members of the university’s Formation Cluster headed by the ISFO. 

  Today’s Pakighinabi promises to provide another interesting atmosphere for discourse as the members of the university community spend a good two hours of conversation and discussion over cups of coffee and some sweets.  (By M. Isabel S. Actub, Arrupe Communications & Advocacy, for the Ateneo Leadership Center)

ADDU Hosts Service Learning Program among Jesuits Universities in Asia Pacific Region

AJCU Participants with Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J., AdDU President

AJCU Participants with Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J., AdDU President

The Ateneo de Davao University hosted the 4th Service Learning Program (SLP) of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP) on August 7-27, 2011, participated in by students and mentors coming from the network of Jesuit institutions in the Asia Pacific region. A total of thirty two (32) participants from the Ateneo de Davao University, Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan), Ateneo de Zamboanga University and Ateneo de Naga University in the Philippines, and from Universitas Sanata Dharma of Jogjakarta in Indonesia, the Elizabeth University of Music of Hiroshima in Japan, and Sogang University of Seoul in South Korea, gathered for a three-week interactive activities which exposed them into contemporary socio-cultural issues amidst environmental challenges of Davao through a series of fora, workshops, cultural encounters, exposures, immersion, community service and reflection sessions.

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