The first general assembly of ICLA resident students for Academic Year 2015-2016 took place on June 26, 2015 at the Conference Room of the Institute. It started with an Opening Prayer led by Ms. Lettie Taberdo, who also explained the reasons why a general assembly is necessary.
ICLA is not just an institute for higher studies, but also a center of formation and a residence /home for students, who live together as brothers and sisters. Psalm 133:1 captures the vision of community life: “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters dwell together in unity.”
Fr. Jonathan Bitoy, CMF announced the appointed Coordinators of resident students. They are Fr. Jonathan Balakase from Zimbabwe and Sr. Sandra Toscano from Bangladesh.
Ms. Menchie Rojas presented the Center for Accompaniment, Renewal, and Empowerment of Students (CARES) Thrust for AY 2015-2016.
Fr. Yoseph Ferdinandus Melo, CMF presented some guidelines for the community liturgy and Mrs. Eisen Villanueva gave the house rules and regulations.
The resident students selected the service team they wished to join. This was followed by the initial meeting of the various service teams, namely, (1) Liturgy and Prayer, (2) In-house Service, (3) Food, (4) Manualia, (5) Sports, (6) Socio-Cultural, and (7) Medical.
After the short initial meeting of the various service teams, some students articulated their concerns related to the community life of the resident students.
The first general assembly was concluded with the community evening prayer prepared by Sr. Lin Yanzhen, CCV.