Written by Lettie Taberdo


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The Religious Life Week, which started in 1994, is an annual event organized by the (ICLA) and held in its campus. A theme is chosen each year and speakers are invited to give a talk related to the theme. This year’s theme is MISSIO SPIRITUS: SPIRITUALITY, CHARISM AND MISSION.

Two of the Speakers, namely, FR. ANTHONY GITTINS, C.S.Sp. and SR. MARIA CIMPERMAN, RSCJ, are professors at the Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago, USA. 

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The first day of the Conference started with the Opening Prayer led by ICLA students from the Philippines.Then Fr. Samuel H. Canilang, CMF - Director of ICLA - welcomed those present and grounded them on the purpose of the Relgious Life Week. Sr. Amelia Vasquez, RSCJ - Chairperson of the Spirituality Department of ICLA - presented the Overview of this year's Religious Life Week. 

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Tessa et alFr. Luc Mees, MDJ - Missiology Professor in ICLA - introduced Fr. Anthony Gittins, C.S.Sp. Dr. Tessa Rosana - Chairperson of the Biblical Ministry in ICLA - moderated the Open Forum and Ms. Lettie Taberdo - CARES Team Member of ICLA - served as the Emcee.   

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Fr. Anthony Gittins, C.S.Sp., a Professor Emeritus at CTU, gave a Talk on  “Do Catholics Still Believe in the Holy Spirit?”. The Outline of his presentation is as follows: 1) Introduction, 2) Faith and Facts, 3) Revelation and Religion, 4) Imagine the Holy Spirit: “Giver of Life”, “Spoke through the Prophets”, 5) Sent by the Holy Spirit, 6) By their Fruits You Shall Know Them, and 7) Conclusion.   

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The participants had a chance to share with their nearest neighbor through the Dyad Sharing what they found striking, challenging, disturbing, etc. This was followed by the Open Forum, which ended the first day of the Conference.
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The Opening Prayer on the second day of the Conference was led by the ICLA group from Indonesia. This was followed by Dr. Tessa Rosana's Recap of the highlights of the Talk given by Fr. Anthony Gittins, CSSp on the first day. She also introduced the Speaker for the day. 
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Sr. Maria Cimperman, RSCJ, an Associate Professor of Theological Ethics and Director of the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life at CTU, presented a Talk on “Deepening and Widening Our Charism(s) for the Sake of the World”. The Outline of her Talk is as follows: 1) Naming our Contexts, 2) Holy Spirit, 3) Charism: a gift of the Spirit à Charism and Charism(s) of consecrated life, 4) Spirit calling us deeply into our charism through encounters and lived vows, and 5) Charism(s) Widening for the Sake of the World. 
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The participants again had a chance to talk to their neighbor in the Dyad Sharing and an opportunity to share in plenary through the Open Forum.   
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Ms. Lettie Taberdo served as the Emcee for the second and the third days of the Conference.
The Opening Prayer was led by ICLA students from China. This was followed by a Recap of the highlights of the Talk on the second day and was given by Dr. Tessa Rosana. 
The third Speaker was supposed to be Fr. Antonio Pernia, SVD, but before the scheduled Religious Life Week, he had to fly to the US to be with his dying brother. He prepared and submitted his Talk on “Mission: Sharing the Gift of the Spirit”, which was presented with well selected visuals and texts by FR. SAMUEL H. CANILANG, CMF, the Director of ICLA. Fr. Pernia’s prepared outline consisted of the following: 1) Missio Spiritus: The Concept, 2) Missio Spiritus: The Theology (Amos Yong), 3) Missio Spiritus: Implications for the Practice of
 Mission Today, and 4) Conclusion. 

On January 15, 2018 the Religious Life Week(s) opened with a 4-day Short Course on “Missionary Discipleship in the Spirit of Pope Francis” taught by Fr. Anthony Gittins, C.S.Sp. This was followed by the 3-day Conference on Jan. 19-21. Two more Short Courses started on Jan. 22, namely, “Religious Life for the 21st Century: Creating Communities of Hope on a Global Scale” scheduled on Jan. 22-26, 8:30-11:30 AM, with Sr. Maria Cimperman, RSCJ as Professor and “Building Bridges, Creating Meeting Points of Encounter” on Jan. 22-26, 1:30-4:30 PM then Jan. 27-28, 8:30-11:30 AM and 1:30-4:30 PM, with Diana de Vallescar Palanca, PhD, Auxiliary Professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Education at Universidade Portucalense, Portugal.