Written by Lettie Taberdo

The council of the Institute and faculty had their annual meeting last February 27, 2015 at the conference hall of ICLA.

This was attended by Fr. Leo Dalmao, CMF, Provincial Superior of the Claretian Missionaries Philippines, Professor Joel Sagut of the University of Sto. Tomas, 16 faculty members, and 2 student representatives. The

meeting was presided by Dr. Tessa Rosana, Registrar, ICLA Secretary, and Department Coordinator for Biblical Ministry. It started with an opening prayer led by Ms. Lettie Taberdo followed by the welcome remarks of the Director, Fr. Samuel Canilang, CMF. In view of the presence of new members, there was a brief self-introduction by all.

With a powerpoint presentation, Dr. Rosana presented the key areas discussed in the 2014 annual council of the Institute and faculty meeting.

Sr. Amelia Vasquez, Spirituality Department Coordinator, reported on the overwhelming response from different congregations to the Religious Life Week 2015 and the 5-day seminar-course by Sr. Sandra Schneiders. Fr. Edgar Javier, Missiology Department Head, thanked the professors and students for the success of the Missiology Forum.

The body was informed about Fr. Josep Rovira’s departure for Spain after being on loan to ICLA for more than two years. On March 21, 2015, there will be a program in honor of Fr. Rovira and his book, Evangelical Counsels and Consecrated Life, will be launched. Fr. Buddy Agualada will also leave for Italy for doctoral studies.

Part of the meeting was a small group sharing by departments to discuss issues and concerns on Biblical Ministry, Consecrated Life, Missiology, and Spirituality. This was followed by an update on the C.A.R.E.S. program by Ms. Menchie Rojas.

This year’s graduation rites will be on March 21, 2015 at 8:30 AM with Fr. Leo Dalmao as main presider and Fr. Rovira as homilist.

Before the meeting adjourned, ICLA’s Calendar of Activities 2015-2016, the teaching load of the professors and the list of newly acquired books and journals were handed out to the professors by Sr. Elvie.