At the meeting of the Delegation on November 3, 2016, that took place in our Center for Spirituality and Formation in Davao (Catalunan Grande), we, the Brothers and our novices and aspirants, reaffirmed our vision for the Delegation of the Philippines:
“We, the Brothers of the Delegation of the Philippines, inspired by the charism of the Brothers of the Sacred heart, commit ourselves to fraternity and the transformation of the youth, especially those who are poor and marginalized in the Philippines and in Asia. We will see ourselves as a vibrant community in the 200th anniversary of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart in 2021; united, inspired by the spirituality of the Heart of Christ in the service of the youth”.
The year 2021 has a double meaning for us, because we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the creation of the Institute (1821-2021) and because of the 500th anniversary of Catholicism in the country as well (1521-2021). In order to create a center of interest for each year, the Brothers have agreed on the following topics:
2017, Prospectus: The Year of Mission Partners
2018, Pious Relief: The Year of Abandoned and Hopeless Children
2019, Schools: The Year of the Missions
2020, Future: The Year of Youth and Vocations
2021, The Great Jubilee.
In our College in Digos, we continue our mission through formal education. Cor Jesu College (CJC) is about to reach its university status, under the leadership of our two brave administrators, Br. Ellakim Sosmeña, President, and Br. Ernesto Quidet, Vice President. What follows is Br. Ellakim’s words:
“Cor Jesu College is currently in the second year of its three-year strategic plan whose aim is to attain a university status: 1. The teachers and the faculty need to be more involved in research; 2. more teachers must achieve a PhD; 3. programs must be authorized by the CHED (Commission of Higher Education). Our purpose is to obtain university status in 7-10 years.”
CJC offers currently courses from Maternal to High School with some courses of Master’s Degree. It has approximately 5,000 students. Without any government subsidy, it is funded by a scholarship scheme mostly granted to low-income families.
In addition to formal education, the school carries out some community services in the surrounding towns, especially through Brother Polycarp Foundation. The activities of this Foundation that are carried out in CJC are focused on helping children and adult people who are in need, focusing on honesty, respect, kindness, and compassion
The programs and services of Brother Polycarp Foundation and Institute for Community Development began as a Service Center in CJC in 1976. In 1993, this became the Institute for Community Services and Development in 1993, and in 2009 it turned out into a Foundation. Its objective was always to develop programs of community commitments based on local needs, with the participation of the CJC as well as its partners, who share its resources in order to achieve participatory development. Here are some of its activities:
-Social welfare and development;
-education in remote communities, especially among indigenous populations;
-helping small and medium-sized enterprises;
-supporting public schools and government programs;
-collection and distribution of aid goods: food, clothing, medicine, school supplies, etc.
This is how the logo of the corporation illustrates the vision, mission, and charism of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart and the CJC.
Br. Jean-Paul Dion, Delegation of the Philippines.