The Heart of Dominican Education.
Informed by Catholic teachings and the tradition instituted by our Holy Father, Saint Dominic de Guzman, the Campus Ministry has its roots on the pillars of study, prayer, community, and service. The Ministry promotes interreligious dialogue to support all persons of faith traditions in their spiritual development and inculcates the importance of service to the global society in upholding the common good. Its mission is further discussed among the following aspects:
As the Campus Ministry promotes Catholic faith and Dominican traditions, it emphasizes the contemplation of Truth as a lifelong endeavor which cuts across a plethora of faith traditions and beliefs. It encourages a deeper understanding of the meaning of life and its fundamental questions that ultimately leads to the discovery of what is right and just. Through faith and reason, it offers itself as a reliable and accurate source of spiritual, theological, philosophical, and moral guidance among others.
The Campus Ministry cultivates spirituality by inculcating a life of prayer including, but not limited to, the recitation of daily morning prayers, organizing paraliturgical activities, recollections, retreats, seminars, lectures, prayer groups, lay formations, and the provision of the Holy Sacraments.
The Campus Ministry works to deepen the community's commitment to spiritual growth by emphasizing a strong relationship with Jesus and the church. It fosters harmony through human encounter and a sense of belonging.
Above all, the Campus Ministry works for the realization of concrete acts of kindness centering on the idea of justice, peace, and the promotion of common good through spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
The Campus Ministry animates the joy of the Gospel. This centers on Jesus Christ’s commandment: “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn. 15:12). In the words of Pope Francis, “to love like Christ loves means to put yourself at the service of your brothers and sisters, especially those in greatest need, as we are and with what we have.” As a form of service, the Ministry works to inculcate this regardless of differing beliefs. A thorough understanding of this is no doubt intrinsic to an individual’s holistic development. Furthermore, it is vital for the world to have human beings who are sensitive to the needs of others by looking after one another.
Through the Dominican tradition including its rigorous search for Truth, we find a sure way to understand this philosophy. One of its mottos, “contemplare et contemplata aliis tradere” which means “to contemplate and to hand on to others the fruits of contemplation” becomes a beacon guiding this process. The Campus Ministry engages the community to ponder, at the least, on the Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching among the many other worthy areas of inquiry:
With this, everyone may dedicate themselves to things of greater benefit so that DIS may not only become a field of knowledgeable people but also abounding with people whose hearts fill the world abundantly with good works. The efforts of the Ministry are informed ultimately by the D’TORCH Values.
The Campus Ministry, having been inspired by Holy Father Dominic and the teachings of the Catholic Church to form an environment for holistic development, envisions its stakeholders to become responsible members of the society who are deeply committed to justice, peace, equality, and the preservation of human dignity. We expound this on the following program areas:
The Campus Ministry delivers services so that the studentry may become ever so resplendent with all the virtues, to be “truly humble, kind, pious, merciful, patient, and sober” as Holy Father Dominic was. Thus, this shall be more concretely established through retreats, liturgies, prayer services, and spiritual assemblies among others.
From one of the primitive biographies written, Peter Ferrandus relays that the young Dominic, who at the spur of the present needs decided to animate the Gospel by selling books which he needed so much and all his possessions to help remedy a great famine in Palencia. This inspired charity without reservations among the peoples of his time. Through service-learning, we keep the spirit of compassion alive in the following areas:
Members of the Faculty and Staff are encouraged to actively participate in the activities of the Campus Ministry and those that would benefit their spirituality including the reception of formal instruction on Catholic Faith and when possible, by becoming fully integrated into the Dominican Family depending on their capacities.
|Directress / Principal
|Sr. Jacqueline C. Manuel, OP
|Vice Principal / Campus Ministry Head
|Sr. Rosa Dabhi, CCV
|Fr. Tomasz Zalewski, OP
|Campus Ministry Team
|Dr. Patrick Dave Bugarin, OP
|Mr. Erick Gonzales, OP
|Ms. Victoria Santiago