CHRISTIAN-VINCENTIAN IDENTITY AND MISSION

       It is a division of the Universidad de Sta. Isabel tasked to promote, nurture and safeguard the Catholic and Vincentian quality of the institution in its “structures, programs, practices, events and celebrations” (Admin. Manual, 43) and to ensure that Vincentian service/ mission is integrated in the witnessing and practice of every member “through actions that favor the deprived sectors of society” (PCSS, Standard 4).

Goal:  A transformed USI school community of Students, Lay Mission Partners and stakeholders witnessing to the Reign of God in our present society, specifically,

  • Centered on Jesus Christ, his teachings and values, as well as the teachings of the Church

  • Following the inspiration of Saint Vincent de Paul, Saint Louise de Marillac and Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, in their love for persons in poverty situations

  • Imitating Mary as faithful  disciple of Jesus

  • Celebrating the Word and the Eucharist as a faith community centered in the person of Jesus Christ.

 

“Participating in the evangelizing mission of the Church” ((PCSS, 9), the Christian-Vincentian Identity and Mission (CVIM) hopes to realize its goal and mission through its PROGRAM COMPONENTS, namely:

Christian Living Program/Religious Education

Vincentian Formation

Campus Ministry which includes Recollection/Retreat Ministry, and

Community Extension Service and Advocacies Program.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION K-12 and 101-106 (HED) PROGRAM:

Envisions a community of Filipino /Catholic learners whose lives are transformed, showing their fidelity--

to the way of Jesus: his teachings, values, preferential love for  the poor, and his commitment to build the Reign/Kingdom of God;

to the teachings of the Church

following in the footsteps of Saint Vincent de Paul, Saint Louise de Marillac, and St. Elizabeth of Hungary.

 

CAMPUS MINISTRY PROGRAM:

            Envisions USI as a school community that is

  • animated by the celebration of the sacraments especially of the Eucharist, the heart of their Christian life---a celebration that is creative, contextualized, and alive;

  • committed to deepening their personal relationship and encounters with Jesus Christ through experiences of prayer, recollection/retreat, bonding and praying in small faith groups, reflecting and sharing on the Word of God, enlivening campus life through participation in opportunities for sharing of giftedness in the spirit of volunteerism and mission --- living up to their identity as Vincentian disciple-makers.

 

VINCENTIAN FORMATION PROGRAM:

Envisions USI as a community Christian-Vincentian disciples that is

  • formed in the spirit, values, teachings, and mission of Saint Vincent de Paul and Saint Louise de Marillac, and consequently, lead them to be

  • engaged and committed to the work of Mission and Charity as prolongations of the Founders in the midst of today’s realities.

 

 

COMMUNITY EXTENSION SERVICES AND ADVOCACIES:

Envisions a community of Filipino /Catholic learners whose lives are transformed, showing their fidelity--

to the way of Jesus: his teachings, values, preferential love for  the poor, and his commitment to build the Reign/Kingdom of God;

to the teachings of the Church

following in the footsteps of Saint Vincent de Paul, Saint Louise de Marillac, and St. Elizabeth of Hungary.

CAMPUS MINISTRY PROGRAM:

            Envisions USI as a school community that is

  • animated by the celebration of the sacraments especially of the Eucharist, the heart of their Christian life---a celebration that is creative, contextualized, and alive;

  • committed to deepening their personal relationship and encounters with Jesus Christ through experiences of prayer, recollection/retreat, bonding and praying in small faith groups, reflecting and sharing on the Word of God, enlivening campus life through participation in opportunities for sharing of giftedness in the spirit of volunteerism and mission --- living up to their identity as Vincentian disciple-makers.

 

VINCENTIAN FORMATION PROGRAM:

Envisions USI as a community Christian-Vincentian disciples that is

  • formed in the spirit, values, teachings, and mission of Saint Vincent de Paul and Saint Louise de Marillac, and consequently, lead them to be

  • engaged and committed to the work of Mission and Charity as prolongations of the Founders in the midst of today’s realities.

 

 

COMMUNITY EXTENSION SERVICES AND ADVOCACIES:

Envisions USI as a community disciples-in-mission that is

  • committed to provide holistic and integral community development that liberates, transforms, and improves quality of life of the people in partner communities through active engagement of USI stakeholders.

Using community organizing as primary method, the Integrated Community Extension Services and Advocacies (ICESA), a service-learning and advocacy unit of the University, implements its component projects, namely:

  • Faith, Value and Leadership Formation

  • Educational Services and Social Advocacy

  • Capacity, Livelihood, Job and Entrepreneurial Development

  • Nutrition, Health & Wellness

  • Research Development

  • Environmental Rehabilitation and Regeneration

  • Infrastructure

 

These component projects envision the development of families and communities by sharing the University’s expertise, resources and technologies, through the collaborative efforts of its Lay Mission Partners, Students, Parents, Alumni, Lay Administrators and the Daughters of Charity to the partner communities, barangay officials, parishes and other partner agencies (NGO and GO). All ICESA engagements to the community and marginalized person cascade from the Vincentian Charism of Service of Christ to Persons in situations of poverty and are meant to be integrated and holistic.