The Campus Ministry Office of the Ateneo de Davao Senior High School envisions the promotion and formation of Ignatian spirituality and values in the Ateneo de Davao Senior High School community (students, faculty members, administrators, professionals, office/technical staff, and maintenance personnel) through the development of a well-formed conscience, compassion, competence, and commitment to Christ’s mission of love and service.
The Campus Ministry Office envisions a school community that prays and works together towards being a well-honed instrument of God, in the service of faith and justice aiding the Church in her works.
In union with the whole Formation Program of the Ateneo de Davao University – Basic Education Unit, the Campus Ministry Office aims to anchor its formation of Ignatian spirituality and values through various spiritual programs (recollections, retreats, and prayer sessions) based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the celebration of the Sacraments.
The Campus Ministry Office hopes to promote a spirituality built on an intimate relationship with the Blessed Trinity, a spiritual relationship that is more deeply appreciated and imbibed by the members of the Ateneo de Davao University Senior High School community.
In the Joint ADDU Faculty Convocation on June 1, 2012, Fr. Joel Tabora SJ said:
“Educated in a university that proceeds “ex corde ecclesiae” – from the heart of the Church – they are personally committed to the cause of the whole truth about nature, the human being, and God.”
The Campus Ministry Office of the Ateneo de Davao Senior High School provides spiritual formation programs based on Ignatian Spirituality that respond to the spiritual needs of the ADDU SHS community (students, faculty members, administrators, professionals, office/technical staff, and maintenance personnel).
SPIRITUAL PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS
1 Formation Night (Grade 11)
The Formation Night provides activities that focus on self-awareness, team-building, and goal-setting for the class. Since 78% of students of the ADDU SHS come from other schools in Mindanao, it is imperative that we provide an opportunity to build bonds of unity and friendship in their class. This spirit creates a great atmosphere conducive for learning. It begins with a mass on the evening of Friday and ends with a class breakfast the next day.
The Formation Night aims to:
- Strengthen the team in the class (i.e. values of camaraderie, unity, and teamwork)
- Recognize the individual talents and uniqueness of each classmate so that each one will feel that s/he is an important member of the class (i.e. build self-confidence)
- Set goals as a class (i.e. learn values such as hard work and perseverance)
2. Religious Vocation Awareness Program (Grade 11 and Grade 12)
This vocation awareness activity aims to provide junior high school students an overview of the Jesuit formation and community life. We are hoping that this experience becomes a “seed of vocation” to religious life in the students.
Grade 11 Retreat: We Choose to Love
All Grade 11 senior high school students from the Ateneo de Davao are required to join a one-day recollection. These students are grouped in their own classes of around 42 students. The students are 16-17 years of age.
The recollection revolves around the theme “We Choose to Love.” The grace to beg for is the grace to choose to love as Jesus loves. The retreat, as an activity, was adapted from the 3rd week of the Spiritual Exercises. The students get to know the passion and death of Jesus Christ, as well as their own passions and crosses through the activities/module that has been designed for them.
The recollection aims to do the following:
- To enable the students to experience the different Ignatian ways of praying (e.g. contemplation)
- To enable the students to embrace their crosses (e.g. challenges and problems) out of love as Jesus did
- To have a deeper understanding and acceptance of each other’s weaknesses and limitations and by doing so, they help carry each other’s crosses as a family
Grade 12 Retreat: We Lead to Serve
All Grade 12 senior high school students are required to join an overnight retreat. These students are grouped in their own classes of around 42 students. The students are 17-18 years of age.
The Grade 12 retreat is patterned after the 4th Week of the Spiritual Exercises. Here the students reflect on following the resurrected Christ through servant leadership. The Grade 12 senior high school students are challenged to use their talents and skills to serve others as they are also called to lead.
The Seniors Retreat hopes to achieve the following graces:
a. Preparation Module: Openness and Gratitude
b. First Day: Awareness of God’s presence and Asking for Forgiveness
c. Second Day: Servant Leadership
The Retreat aims to do the following:
- To enable the students to practice Ignatian contemplation in their prayer
- To enable the students to look back and review their life with gratitude
- To empower the students to respond to God’s love and generosity through humble
- service to one’s family, school, and country
SPIRITUAL PROGRAMS FOR FACULTY
AND NON-TEACHING PERSONNEL
4. Annual Faculty and NTP Retreats
All faculty and non-teaching personnel (NTP) are required to attend the annual 3-day retreat as an opportunity to deepen their relationship with God. This has been a journey of faith and unfading tradition for the community.
5. Community Spiritual Hour
All faculty and staff members are required to attend the monthly Community Spiritual Hour consisting of talks or prayer sessions that will further intensify their prayer and spiritual life in the Ignatian way. The Community Spiritual Hour ends with a Faculty and Non-Teaching Personnel outreach activity in communities recommended by the Arrupe Office of the ADDU college or as discerned by members of the faculty and the non-teaching personnel.
6. Liturgies and Para-liturgies
The Campus Ministry Office provides opportunities for worship through the celebration of Sacraments and performing para-liturgies by organizing:
- Monthly school-wide Masses
- Daily morning Masses
- Annual Confessions
- Once every two years (Note: Senior HS has Grades 11 & 12 only)
- Liturgical services in celebration of special feasts (e.g. novenas, blessing of offices, etc.).
7. As Moderators of Religious Organizations
Campus ministers become moderators of religious organizations. They facilitate, manage and supervise learners’ experiences of prayer and apostolic work.
Provide mass kits and paraphernalia for other sacraments like wake and funeral services for immediate family members and benefactors of the ADDU SHS. We also help provide the necessary materials needed for prayer sessions of learners’ organizations, faculty and non-teaching personnel, but upon their request.
Discretion is still given to the Assistant Director for Formation or the Head of the Campus Ministry Office.