All-in-one Eventful Week
The week of September 8 - 12, 2014 was a memorable one for the ICLA community -- days of feasting, thanksgiving, updating and "connecting" with one another.
On Monday, the Chinese students celebrated their Mid-Autumn Festival with a beautiful Cultural Mass and prepared a Chinese dinner.
Tuesday was Fr. Buddy Agualada's birthday and the arrival of the Claretian Superior General, Fr. Josep Abella, CMF,who came for a three-day canonical visitation to ICLA and CMF communities. During the dinner,the students presented a short welcome program to honor Fr. Josep. Aside from the professors, students and staff, a number of guests came to celebrate the two occasions. The feast was delightful!
On Wednesday, Fr. Abella celebrated the Community Mass and gave the homily.Later during the day, he met with some of the ICLA staff to listen to updates and current needs of the institute.
On Thursday lunch time, the students honored Fr. John Manippadam, SJ, an Indian Jesuit belonging to the Taiwan province. Fr. John visits ICLA every year for about two months to tutor students in English and do Spiritual Direction. His presence among us for the past three years have been fruitful and our students appreciate his contribution to their formation.He left for Taiwan on Friday.
In the evening of Friday, the students had their monthly General Assembly, where they shared in dyads regarding their experiences of the past month. At the end of the meeting,they were encouraged to write their feedback-suggestions to improve community life.