4 November 2017 at 8:30AM – 12NN

Moraleda Hall, ICLA

526 Tandang Sora Ave., Culiat, Quezon City





8:30 – Welcome Address

Rev. Fr. Samuel H. Canilang, CMF

ICLA Director


8:45 – Child Sexual Abuse and Response of the Church

Rev. Fr. James Kannanthanam, CMF

PhD in OD, Licentiate in Psychology, Gregorian University, Rome;

Program Coordinator of E-learning in Safeguarding Minors, ICLA


9:45 – Child Sexual Abuse and Protection of Minors in East Asian Context

Dr. Maria Carmen Lavina

PhD in Pastoral Counselling, Loyola University, Baltimore, USA



10:40 – Snacks Break


11:00 – Religious and Priestly Formation and the Issue of Protection of Minors

Rev. Msgr. Ramon Masculino, Jr.

M.S. in Pastoral Counselling, Loyola University, Baltimore, USA

Executive Secretary, CBCP Episcopal Commission on Clergy



The Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia (ICLA), in collaboration with the Centre for Child Protection (CCP) of the Gregorian University in Rome, offers an E-Learning Course on the Protection of Children.


In-campus Sessions:  12 Saturdays

Course Fee:  PhP 5,000.00

Click here for Complete Course Description






ICLA Graduates’ Reunion in China: A Time of Thanksgiving in a Season of Grace


The Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. Founded by a dynamic visionary, Fr. Domingo Moraleda, CMF in 1997, ICLA has been continually reaching out to the emergent churches in the region by offering higher education to the clergy, religious and laity in fields of Consecrated Life, Spirituality, Missiology and Biblical Ministry.

To mark this important milestone in ICLA’s history, the current Director, Fr. Sammy Canilang, CMF, thought of a different approach to the celebration. Instead of the traditional “homecoming” here on campus, he opted for an out-bound event – “the ICLA that goes forth.” The place of his choice was China since it has one of the biggest number of MA graduates throughout these 20 years, 215 all in all. Through the effective leadership of the ICLA alumni in China headed by Fr. Joseph Zhang Yulin of the Anyang Diocese and the CARES staff of ICLA, Fr. Sammy was able to fulfill this seemingly “impossible dream.”

The five-day gathering took place in the grounds of  the Retreat and Formation Center of Anyang Diocese (Jingyang Zhongxin) on September 18-22, 2017. Attending the event were 26 ICLA graduates, 4 members of the CARES team, the representative of a partner agency and the ICLA director himself. It was a privilege for the group to have the Bishop of Anyang Diocese, Most Rev. Zhang Yinlin to preside the opening Eucharistic Celebration on September 18th evening to commence the gathering of ICLA alumni in China. The Bishop inspired the attendees in his homily and welcome address to put their faith and hope in God and learn to be inclusive in their ministry. He also gave each one a meaningful souvenir- gift – his episcopal coat of arms “Duc in Altum” (Launch into the deep), which spoke to their hearts on different levels.

The daily schedule consisted in the activities reflecting the theme for each day. Day 1 New Wine in New Wineskins (Consecrated Life Today) and Prayer; Day 2 Growing in Shepherding Attitudes and Skills (Pastoral Leadership); and Day 3 Management: A Pastoral Approach. There were several opportunities for the participants to share personal and ministry updates and experiences together in small groups, dialogue with ICLA Director and the CARES team, and consult with a Spiritual Companion. Each day was punctuated with a silent community adoration followed by the Eucharistic celebration. As they enjoyed the well-prepared sumptuous meals, the attendees shared their fond memories of ICLA --- food in Manila, fun times with professors and classmates etc. etc.

In the last evening of the gathering, we altogether enjoyed a homegrown entertainment program participated by all. We were treated with many songs, dances, and a unique story telling Chinese style entitled “3 and a half.” The night ended with a meaningful Pilgrim-Dance Prayer participated by all, including the center staff and some elderly residents of the center.

The following day, the center arranged an educational tour to the National Museum of Chinese Writing – which amazed all of us of how the Chinese people have preserved and developed their script throughout the centuries. From the tour, the group proceeded to the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the scenic, Red Flag Canal (or Hongqi Qu), which is a great water project in China, being built in Taihang Mountain, where visitors can have a view of the common border of the three surrounding provinces (Henan, Hebei, and Shanxi provinces).

The whole trip to China was ICLA’s first attempt ever to gather the alumni in a country outside the Philippines to celebrate the founding anniversary of the institute. Clearly, the Lord blessed it with divine Protection, Provision, and most of all Presence of the Spirit from beginning to end. Thanks be to the One who made all these possible! Heartfelt thanks to the ICLA graduates who worked the hardest to let this happen!


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The Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia had the 17th Commencement Exercises and Thanksgiving Mass at the Fr. Domingo Moraleda Hall on June 2, 2017. Thirty six (36) graduates coming from Bangladesh (2), China (8), India (1), Indonesia (3), Korea (3), Myanmar (3), Philippines (9), and Vietnam (7) completed either a Licentiate in Theology (2), Master of Arts in Theology (30) or the Certificate Program (4), majoring in either Consecrated Life (16), Spirituality (7), Missiology (5), or Biblical Ministry (8).

Ms.Carmencita Rojas, CARES Coordinator, gave the Introduction before the Entrance Hymn. Rev. Fr. Angelito Ancla, CMF, Prefect of Apostolate of the Claretian Missionaries, Philippine Province, was the presider and homilist of the Baccalaureate Mass, which preceded the commencement exercises. 

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The Commencement Ceremonies started with the Greetings and Welcome by Amalia Teresita B. Rosana, Ph.D, Secretary/Registrar of ICLA, followed by the procession of the candidates for graduation, members of the faculty and academic staff, an alumni representative, the Board of Trustees of St. Anthony Mary Claret College, and the entrance of colors.

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Dr. Rosana also presented the candidates for graduation to the Director, Rev. Fr. Samuel H. Canilang, CMF. Sr. Cynthia Calingasan, POIC requested the Director to confer on the candidates for graduation the Degrees and Titles they have justly merited.

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The Coordinators of the four departments attested that the candidates for graduation in their respective departments have successfully met all the requirements prescribed by ICLA.

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Rev. Fr. Rodel Aligan, OP, Dean of the Faculty of Sacred Theology of the University of Santo Tomas, gave the Commencement Message.

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Sr. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hanh, LC – recipient of the Thesis Special Award and graduated with Cum Laude honor, gave the Address of Gratitude. 

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Sr. Hermiani Silalahi, FHD petitioned on behalf of the graduates of Batch 2017 to be accepted as bona fide members of St. Anthony Mary Claret College, Graduate Department-Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia Alumni Association, Inc. Br. Christopher Gorit, FMS, as representative designated by SAMCC-ICLA Alumni Association, Inc. accepted the request and led the oath-taking of the new members. This was followed by the Pledge of Loyalty by the graduates led by Sr. Marilou Montalban, SRA.

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Fr. Samuel H. Canilang, CMF gave the Closing Address before the graduates sang the ICLA Alma Mater Song and their Graduation Song.

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The awarding of honors and medals followed the distribution of diplomas. The following students graduated as CUM LAUDE:

1.   Nguyen Hong Ngoc Anh             MA in Theology, Major in Spirituality

2.   Maria MahdalenaPurba                        MA in Theology, Major in Spirituality

3.   Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hanh              MA in Theology, Major in Missiology

4.   Cynthia Calingasan                    MA in Theology, Major in Consecrated Life

5.   HermianiSilalahi                                    MA in Theology, Major in Consecrated Life and

Licentiate in Sacred Theology, Major in Consecrated Life

            The following awards were also given to deserving students:

1.   Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hanh              Special Thesis Award

2.   Sr. EberlineIcalla, LIHM             Leadership and Service Award

3.   Sr. MarilouMontalban, SRA       Leadership and Service Award

4.   Sr. Marites Toledo, LIHM          Leadership and Service Award

5.   Sr. Y Ai, IMM                              Service Award



The annual Religious Life Week organized by ICLA took off on January 20, 2017 with an Opening Prayer led by the Vietnamese students of ICLA.The whole community participated in the reading of the Scripture text from the Book of Isaiah (61:1-2a) and of a short prayer projected on the screen. This was followed by a prayer-dance interpretation of the song The Mission by Jamie Rivera.


In his Words of Welcome during the 24th Religious Life Week, Fr. Samuel Canilang, CMF – ICLA Director – stated "this year's theme has to do with who we are - since the times of our founders and foundresses; precisely, since the time the Holy Spirit gave birth to Religious Life - and with what the world today expects of us. As Religious we are a prophetic presence in and for the Church and the world. And today, we are expected to be so, especially in the peripheries - both in the geographical and existential senses of the term."


Sr. Amelia Vasquez, RSCJ – Coordinator of the Spirituality Department of ICLA – gave the Overview. She announced the three invited resource persons, who would give the keynote presentation on each day of the Conference. She also outlined the 3-day conference (20-22 Jan.) and the 5-day short courses (23-27 Jan.) and encouraged the participants to take this opportunity to learn from and with the Resource Persons in both the Conference and the Short Courses.


Dr. NatiPagadut, Secretary General of the Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate (ECBA) and Scripture professor in ICLA, introduced the keynote speaker, Sr. Laurie Brink, OP.


For Day 1 of the Conference, Sr. Laurie Brink spoke about: Presence, Prophecy, and Passion: Biblical Spirituality and Apostolic Religious  Life. She started with the beautiful reading from St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians (1:3-6). She answered the question: What do we mean by "Spirituality"? She presented several scriptural passages (Psalm 23, Jer 20:14-18, Mark 14:36, Acts 2, and Gen 32:23-31) from which she drew an apt metaphor for the Spiritual Life, namely: 1) the search for God, 2) wrestling to understand the manifestation of God, 3) an earnest desire to name the mystery, and 4) a deep longing for a blessing.


Sr. Laurie spoke about Presence: The Experience of God with three aspects: encounter, call, and communion as our expressions of our experience of God's presence. She also presented Prophecy: At the Service of the Spirit focusing on Resistance/Insistence, Prophetic Dialogue, Speaking Forth, and Speaking Against. When she came to the third P - Passion - She talked about Passion: The Word made Flesh with three stages: 1) On the Way, 2) In the Midst, and 3) after Easter.

To give a chance to the participants to interiorize the insights presented and to appropriate these insights in their personal lives, the whole presentation was interspersed with moments for reflection with some reflection questions.

Sr. Laurie Brink ended her presentation with these words: "At various moments in our lives, we pass from Presence, to Prophecy, to Passion - and back. Biblical perspectives on a Spirituality of Apostolic Religious Life clearly show us that our coming to God is an organic process. We are invited to return again and again to our Scriptures for support, direction, and inspiration. For as we hear in the Gospel of John:

        These are written that you may [come to] believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through this belief, you may have life in his name. (John 20:31)

A dyad sharing enabled the participants not just to listen to the talk but also to share with one another their insights and answers to the reflection questions given by Sr. Laurie Brink in the course of her talk.


The conference ended with an Open Forum, where participants were again given an opportunity to actively participate through their questions and comments on the keynote presentation by the resource person.

The Registration team reported a total of 454 participants on the first day of the Conference.

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By Amalia Teresita B. Rosana, Ph.D

Each year, ICLA celebrates the cultural richness of each of the countries represented by the student population. The first this year, held on October 22, 2016, was hosted by the Indonesian and East Timorese students, composed of Religious sisters and priests and some lay people. 

It opened with a beautiful liturgy led by Fr. Kristian Cangkung, cmf as main presider and co-presiders were Fr. Jose Ximenes, SDB and Fr. Wanto, SCY. Indonesian religious sisters led the procession in their traditional liturgical dance that gave a glimpse of Indonesian religious culture. Another set of Indonesian sisters offered the gifts by way of another solemn dance at the Offertory procession. Fr. Jose Ximenes, SDB gave the homily on the theme, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity). Bro. Benad Simbolon, CMM, was the conductor of the choir made up of Indonesian students within and outside of ICLA. They sang Indonesian liturgical songs. 

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Indeed, it was an evening of cultural festivity without distracting from its solemnity. A feast of Indonesian food was spread out prepared by the students themselves and brought by some Indonesian guests. 

A cultural show followed the dinner with more Indonesian dances interpreting the theme, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika. To show the community spirit of ICLA students, the other countries (Bangladesh, China, Myanmar, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam, Laos, India, and the Philippines), all participated with glee delighting the guests and the rest of ICLA community such that they would clap in appreciation for every presentation.



By Fr. Ferdy Melo, cmf 

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Saturday, October 22, 2016 was a memorable day for the Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia (ICLA) Resident Community. In the light of the main theme, “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” (Unity in Diversity), Indonesian and East Timorese residents and some guests brought the whole community to a profound reflection on the beauty of living together in diversity in a solemn cultural Mass and cultural show hosted by these two countries. 

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Present at this cultural Mass as well as cultural night were Fr. Samuel H. Canilang, CMF, Director of the Institute, ICLA Staff and professors, guests, and all resident students from different countries: The Philippines, China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Myanmar, South Korea, Thailand, Laos, India, East Timor and Indonesia. In his remarks, Fr. Samuel H. Canilang, CMF, thanked the host countries for the solemn Eucharistic celebration and for bringing the community to experience different faces of Asian Churches and cultures.


That memorable night was really a night to experience the beauty of living in unity in diversity. And regarding this Thomas Berry- an American Eco-theologian once said, “Diversity is the magic. It is the first manifestation, the first beginning of the differentiation of a thing and of simple identity. The greater the diversity, the greater the perfection."  And we are here in this beautiful place telling the story as well as experiencing this profound perfection of living as brothers and sisters. To borrow what the psalmist said, “How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!” (Ps 133:1). Indeed, it is a blessing to live as brothers and sisters here at ICLA and at the same time share our multicultural richness among our fellow travelers.
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We, Indonesian and East Timorese through this cultural Mass and program want to tell as well as share with others our story of multiculturality, our story of diversity and yet inclusivity, that beyond the differences we face and live with in our respective countries: Indonesia with Pancasila (five principles) as its official philosophical foundation of the state with its motto: “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” (Unity in Diversity) and East Timor, with its motto: “Unidade, Asaun, Progresu (Unity, Action, Progress), there is a common inner longing for unity. At the very heart of this multiculturality and diversity, there is an unquenchable thirst for unity and inclusivity. And we believe that the summit of unity and fraternity is when we acknowledge our fellow-travelers as brothers and sisters. At the heart of cultural diversity, there is a profound call of the Gospel to live in unity, as Paul insisted in his letter to the Ephesians, “You are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God” (Eph 2: 19). For those precious gifts we are here sharing those stories while offering to God these two countries: Indonesia and East Timor, and all of us the witnesses and messengers of unity and inclusivity of God’s Kingdom here at ICLA.

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