More than a hundred novices from 36 congregations are attending ICLA’s program for second-year novices which started Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 at the Moraleda Hall. They came early on the first day with their formators to register for classes set from November 2012 until March 2013 in preparation for their first vows. Majority of the enrollees are women religious. Out of the 36 congregations 29 are women’s. The biggest delegation comes from the Society of St. Paul (men) with 11 novices. The Missionary Servants of the Blessed Sacrament (women) is second with its nine novices. The participants come from all over Asia and the Pacific, namely: 12 participants from Indonesia, nine from Myanmar, four from India, three from Sri Lanka, two each from Vietnam, East Timor and China and one each from South Korea, Japan and Tonga. Three sisters are from Africa. The number of turnout from the nearby countries clearly demonstrates that Christianity, specifically Roman Catholicism, has really taken root in Asia.
Having noted a rapid cultural transformation in the continent, in 1997 the Claretian Missionary led by the late Fr. Domingo Moraleda, CMF established the Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia (ICLA) to cater to the needs of emerging Churches in Asia and the Pacific. Since then, the Institute has been at the forefront of education and formation of Asian missionaries.
To know more about ICLA’s programs and services, visit www.icla.org.ph or call 932- 03-43 to 44 and look for Eisen Villanueva or Bituin Quinto.