Prayer has become at the core of education and organizational culture at LCC Bacolod. The Center for Spirituality and Mission, an institutional office which was re-organized for the implementation of Catholic Augustinian and Marian Formation programs, and community service programs.
Despite the pandemic, the newly reorganized CSM made sure that 100% of the Religion and RVE classes from Integrated School to college level were able to undergo at least one recollection and prayer sessions, Lectio Divina, and virtual masses for feasts and special occasions that are streamed virtually through LCCB’s official Facebook Page.
The CSM staff facilitated online recollection for students, one class at a time, following specific themes depending on the level of the students. Priests were invited to facilitate recollections for upperclassmen students in the college level with each session lasting for 3-4 hours.
The Augustinian Lectio Divina has also been incorporated within the curriculum of Religion and RVE. There were novenas streamed online in preparation for feasts of the institution’s patron saints.
In campus, daily prayers like the Holy Rosary every morning before the start of any work day, the Angelus, and the Three O’clock Prayer are regularly broadcasted via the campus public address system.
At the beginning of each week, a Flag Ceremony and Prayers is held where departments and offices take turns in leading the administrators, faculty and staff at the Quadrangle.
These regular activities have become part of the organizational culture that fosters a community spirit bounded by a common faith and service.
Through the pandemic, there were regular outreach activities in collaboration with various pastoral and civic organizations, alumni and parent associations. LCC Bacolod gathered resources from its stakeholders to support the disaster relief projects and Community Pantry projects of the Diocese of Bacolod Social Action Center.
The Extension Services programs like the Mother Rita Barcelo Night High School Program, and the Tahanan Mapagkalinga ni Madre Rita continued to provide formal education to a growing number of beneficiaries.
Sister Joan BC S. Infante, OSA, PhD, SThD
Center for Spirituality & Mission