Written by Jessie T. de Guzman

ICLA formally opened the new Academic Year 2015-2016 with a Mass of the Holy Spirit on June 8, 2015. The ICLA staff, employees, faculty, and students were present in the event.

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The academic orientation, which took place after the Eucharistic celebration, consisted of the following: 1) Welcome Address by Fr. Samuel Canilang, CMF – ICLA Director, 2)Presentation of the different academic programs offered by ICLA and some items in the Student handbook by Dr. Tessa Rosana – Secretary of the Institute and Biblical Ministry Coordinator, 3) Presentation of the CARES Program by Ms. Menchie Rojas – CARES Coordinator, and 4) Open Forum – facilitated by Sr. Elvie Camilion and Ms. Lettie Taberdo.

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In his Welcome Address, Fr. Samuel Canilang gave a brief history of ICLA in the context of the Claretian Institutes for Consecrated Life. He also explained the nature and identity of ICLA, its vision and mission, as well as the line up of the faculty, staff, and employees of the Institute.


Dr. Tessa Rosana presented the various academic programs being offered by ICLA and the requirements for admission. Likewise, Dr. Rosana briefed those present that ICLA education is interdisciplinary, biblically oriented, contextual-dialogical, mission-pastoral oriented, and academic-formative. 


Prof. Menchie Rojas, Coordinator of the Center for Accompaniment Renewal, and Empowerment of Students (CARES) Program, presented the evolution of ICLA’s CARES program and the various activities undertaken for the formation of the resident students to make ICLA truly an institute for higher studies, a center for formation, and a residence/home for the students. 

Simultaneous with the Open Forum for the students, Fr. Sammy met with the faculty and the Superiors of religious communities with students in ICLA and presented to them, among other things, the revised academic programs for implementation in the Academic Year 2016-2017.