Bringing the Message of Hope in the Time of Pandemic
The Center for Campus Ministry (CCM) carried on with its mission of reaching out to the Bedan community amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They utilized modern means of social communication to continue bringing spiritual nourishment, uniting stakeholders in prayer, and promoting Catholic Benedictine values.
CCM kicked off with a celebration for the Solemnity of Saint Benedict of Nursia, streamed through the school’s official Facebook page on July 11, 2020. A novena preceded the celebration wherein the Benedictine monks, campus ministers, and Dr. Andres Ignacio C. San Mateo, Jr., Vice President for Academic Affairs, gave their reflections on the Benedictine Hallmarks. At the same time, the Ministry came up with means to meaningfully and prayerfully observe the 125th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Benedictine Monks to the Philippines. Through the help of Benedictine monks, who gave their reflections for the novena before the Solemnity of Our Lady of Montserrat on September 12, 2020, the observance was a success.
Prayer Services and the Celebration of Holy Masses
CCM continues to utilize the school’s official website and Facebook page to stream Prayer Services—among which were for the Solemnity of the Assumption, Solemnity of All Saints, and the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed—and the Celebration of Holy Masses, and encourage the public to send in their prayer intentions to the Ministry.
In preparation for AY 2020-2021, CCM facilitated Online Recollections for Teaching and Non-Teaching Personnel. Online Peace Retreats, Recollections, and Pilgrimages were likewise made available for students across departments. Through different themes appropriate to their needs, age, and aptitude, the campus ministers accompany students in finding a deeper meaning in life and in praying for the grace of the Holy Spirit.
The themes were grounded on Catholic Benedictine values to help inculcate and integrate them into their day-to-day lives. Through Examen or Lectio Divina and other enrichment activities, campus ministers were able to supplement and deepen their understanding and reflection of what it means to be evangelized and be part of an evangelizing community.