We define Campus Ministry as the presence of the Catholic Church on campus. This presence needs to be palpable, visible, and active so that faith-life acquires a witnessing role in the Senior High School campus. It is the heart of formation where all other formation offices of the Senior HS are attached. As a Jesuit, Catholic and Filipino school, every single thing that we do takes its roots in God. Without this faith life, there is no raison d’etre for the institution to exist. Ateneo de Davao University makes this clear with its motto, Fortes in Fide: strong in faith.
The Campus Ministry Office (Camin) of the Ateneo de Davao University forms and animates the Ateneo Senior High School community into a family of believers, through spiritual and religious formation, rooted in the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. It aims to appropriate the Catholic Christian faith in the lives of its students by providing worship opportunities even to non-Catholic and Muslim students.
Check below to situate Campus Ministry within the Principle and Foundation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
And check how we have translated the above slides into an organizational structure. The operationalization of the framework is facilitated by the structure below.
Our Campus Ministry has three dimensions: Spiritual, Ecumenical and Interfaith, and Evangelizing Dimensions. (The Church documents and links are at the end of this article.)
The specific spirituality of ADDU-SHS is Ignatian. It is based on the Spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. It promotes the Ignatian values and manner of proceeding of the Jesuits. It provides spiritual activities such as retreats and recollections, liturgies and worships, the practice of silence and Ignatian examen, prayer services and other opportunities to share visibly the community’s spiritual journey.
Moreover, the Campus Ministry provides spiritual accompaniment to the various members of the ADDU-Senior HS community. It also articulates the spiritual dimension of the most mundane activities, so that the community will discover the sacredness of the ordinary and find God in all things.
Ecumenical and Interfaith Dimension
Rising from the diversity of faith traditions in Mindanao– Mindanao is tri-people (Christians, Muslims, Indigenous), the context of the ADDU-SHS varies from other Jesuit schools in the Philippines. The catholicity of the Ateneo de Davao encourages inter-religious dialogue, peace development and the promotion of faith that does justice in the context of Mindanao. Thus, we also serve Muslims, as articulated in the Mission and Vision of the university, by providing an opportunity for worship alongside and simultaneously with Catholic worship.
This prevents the faith community on campus from retreating into a private, self-contained enclave. The evangelizing dimension encourages all members to be an attractive and welcoming community with an abiding concern for humanizing culture and reaching out to others. Thus, the campus ministry actively promotes the values and teachings of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church, as expressed in the mandate of the Jesuits, and specifically, in the vision and mission of the Ateneo de Davao University.
- Forming Faith Communities. This establishes bonds of love within the community. The Campus Ministry provides recollections, retreats, prayer sessions and spiritual activities for students, faculty, administrators and staff all throughout the school year. In coordination with the Al Qalam Institute for Islamic Identities and Dialogue in Ateneo de Davao University, Muslim retreats are also provided for Muslim students. However, there is no restriction should someone in a different faith tradition attend a Catholic retreat or recollection. Since we experienced Muslims wanting to attend a Catholic recollection/retreat because of their classmates, we have designed the modules to be inclusive: for example, with bible passages for reflection, we included parallel passages from the Quran for the Muslims.
- Community Celebrations. Eucharistic celebrations are available at the Christ the King Chapel. Regular school-wide masses and worships (Non-Catholics and Muslims) are done monthly. These worships are done simultaneously.
- Community-building activities: The formation of communities is imperative in building a culture of belongingness, respect, and love. For young people, growth happens speedily in the context of friendship. Thus, we encourage smaller communities, like clubs (45 members only) and faculty sharing groups.
- Pastoral Services. The Campus Ministry also provides for the administration of the sacraments of Confirmation, Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick.
- Appropriation of the Faith. An important role of the Campus Ministry is to pass on the biblical and theological richness of the Catholic tradition and applying these concepts to living realities within the individual. Opportunities for dialogue and questions about the Catholic faith as well as pressing issues that have implications on faith and justice will also be organized. Using Gospel values, opportunities to discuss and engage in justice-oriented learning activities based on holiness (Gaudete et Exsultate), environment (Laudato Si) and Jesus’ preferential option for the poor will lead to the clarification of the students’ value-system and subsequent actions.
- Developing Sui Generis Leaders for the Future. The Campus Ministry helps develop in each student a self-concept wherein one believes and acts as a steward of God’s gifts for the local community as well as the larger global community.
- Interfaith Ministry. Providing opportunities and understanding between people of different faith traditions, as Christians, Muslims and Indigenous Peoples, is one of the roles of the Campus Ministry in AdDU-SHS. Interfaith thanksgiving services, volunteer programs, symposia, can be organized to promote unity among a diverse cultural and religious milieu.
- Evangelizing Programs in the formation of basic ecclesial communities through various clubs and prayer groups are encouraged.
Related articles below:
To situate Campus Ministry, check the Framework of Youth Formation in the Senior High School of Ateneo de Davao University here.
On Interfaith/ Inter-religious Dialogue: Official Church documents on the topic are here (1964 Ecclesiam Suam) and here (1975 Evangelii Nuntiandi) and here (1990 Redemptoris Missio) and here (2000 Dominus Iesus) . Vatican II’s Nostra Aetate (1965) is the landmark document, check it here . A complete list from the Scarboro Missions is here.