The Communal Services is part of the continuing formation programs of the Office for Mission and Identity and Organizational Development. The first communal service, the Communal Reconciliation Services (CRS), was conducted last March 2007. The CRS was designed by Bro. Francis Alvarez, SJ to build on the gains of the recent Ignatian Spirituality in Education Workshop 3 (ISEW3). This communal activity aimed to promote a deeper sense of “respect, hospitality and conversation” (as explained by Fr. Daniel Patrick Huang, SJ at the ISEW3) in our natural workgroups inside the Ateneo community.
The positive feedback gained from the CRS propelled the office to continue what has been started through the conduct of Communal Services during special events in the University, e.g. Advent, Lent, Easter, and the beginning of each school year (Mass of the Holy Spirit).
Conducted in each office/unit with the Jesuit scholastics and Campus Ministers as facilitators, the communal services take no more than an hour, and may be scheduled at the convenience of units/offices. An office staff member or an administrative officer of each group acts as a prayer leader and guide to encourage non-teaching personnel to take responsibility in sustaining communal prayer life. Through the Communal Services, the office aims to make the University’s non-teaching personnel closer to God and with each other.