Institute for Christian Formation and Social Integration (ICFSI)



About Us

The Institute for Christian Formation and Social Integration (ICFSI) is the University’s arm responsible in catering to the spiritual and social formation needs of HAU students and employees aimed at: 1) providing opportunities for students and employees to know, to process and to grow in their faith life; 2) synergizing spiritual and community involvement efforts and initiatives; 3) building a faith community in the campus, and 4) initiating programs that will help the HAU community to be critical, discerning and responsive to social realities.

General programs and services include psycho-spiritual formation initiatives such as recollections and retreats, liturgical/sacramental services, community building, service learning opportunities, outreach, apostolate, and community development programs. Each unit of the Institute carries out its specific functions anchored on the three-fold ministries of the Church – Formation, Liturgy and Service. Implementing units under the cluster are: University’s Campus Ministry Office (CMO); Office of the Community Extension Services (OCES), and Christian Living Education (CLE).

The Institute is housed at The Sr. Josefina G. Nepomuceno Formation Center. The center which is located at the back of the University Chapel was established as the University’s resource facility in carrying out programs for faith-life formation and integration, religious education, community extension service/social action and pastoral care. It is dedicated to St. John Paul II whose many significant contributions to the Catholic Church include his love for the youth.

Further, it was built in support of and in solidarity with the Catholic Church’s lay pastoral formation initiatives and advocacies towards stewardship, discipleship, and apostleship.

Vision

The Institute shall serve as a spring of spiritual renewal and stewardship rooted from the person and examples of Christ.

Mission

To bear witness to, and celebrate faith in Christ through integral formation and development

Goals and Objectives

  1. To initiate and provide opportunities to deepen the University community members’ awareness and sense of solidarity in living out the University’s mission, charisms and core values;
  2. To cultivate and promote the formation of a worshipping, celebrating, welcoming, giving and serving community in the campus;
  3. To lead University community members to be active participants in the study and proclamation of the Word of God and in liturgical-sacramental celebrations;
  4. To actively engage the University community in living out the mission to serve the poor and marginalized in developmental efforts for, with, and by them, and in the promotion of peace and integrity of creation, and
  5. To serve as a resource center in support of and in solidarity with the Catholic Church’s lay pastoral formation initiatives and advocacies towards discipleship and apostleship.