ACADEMIC PROGRAM

Spirituality is not a doctrine or a simple set of practices, but an ongoing life project. 
Its ultimate purpose is life integration.

– Sandra M. Schneiders 

Alumni

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SR. JOY CARMEL JUMAWAN, CARM.O.L., Ph.D.

(Graduated in 2008)
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DR. ISABELITA SY PALANCA

(Graduated in 2009)
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DR. MARISSA COS ALCANTARA, aO.Carm.

(Graduated in 2009)
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FR. SOMPHONG CHATBANYONG

(Graduated in 2011)
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FR. YOHANIS MASNENO, SVD, Ph.D.

(Graduated in 2012)
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DR. CARMINIA LOURDES CYNTHIA GUTIERREZ

(Graduated in 2012)
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FR. PETER THANH NHIEM NGUYEN, SVD, Ph.D.

(Graduated in 2013)
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FR. YOHANES ANJAR DONOBAKTI, Ph.D.

(Graduated in 2015)
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SR. ANGELES T. ABELLON, CARM.O.L., Ph.D.

(Graduated in 2016)
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FR. RAYMOND H. RUGA, Ph.D.

(Graduated in 2017)

RATIONALE Academic Program

The Institute of Spirituality in Asia (ISA) in partnership with the Southeast Asia Interdisciplinary Development Institute (SAIDI) – School of OD offers modules and courses that would develop the students’ skills in Organization Development as they deepen their spirituality, their scholarly insights, and their academic skills through the M.A. and Ph.D. Programs in Organization Development major in Transformative Spirituality.

ISA seeks to discern and deepen the meaning and relevance of transformative spirituality in the Philippine and Asian context. Through hermeneutic, critical and methodical reflection, it tries to make the experience of transformative spirituality and cultural diversity fruitful for the mission of the Church and for the renewal of the society.

ISA intends to develop a liberating, intercultural and transformative spirituality by combining the experiences of students from a diversity of cultures in the Philippines and Asian context with ISA’s scholarly expertise in research and teaching.

The M.A. and Ph.D. in Organization Development major in Transformative Spirituality programs prepare students to practice spirituality in an independent way and share insights into the relationship of spirituality and their own personal lives. Students will acquire a broad knowledge of the field of spirituality and more detailed knowledge on Carmelite Spirituality and in the varied spiritualities in the Philippines and in Asia.

As in every discipline, the study of Organization Development major in Transformative Spirituality has its material and formal objects. The material object presents the phenomenon of lived spirituality. The formal object provides and sharpens the ‘eye’ of the researcher for the basic processes, the dynamics that are at work in the field of lived spirituality. It provides the ‘discernment’ for deeper insight in spiritual forms, texts, orientations and interventions. The formal object is a way of looking that is conatural to the lived spirituality.

M.A. – Ph.D. Program Courses Offered

  • M.A. in Organization Development major in Transformative Spirituality
  • Ph.D. in Organization Development major in Transformative Spirituality

with Three (3) Specializations

  • Carmelite Spirituality
  • Filipino Spirituality
  • Asian Spirituality

Admission Requirements

 

M.A. Programme. The applicant should have any Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution. The application should be accompanied by his/her transcript of records, diploma and other pertinent papers relative to application. ISA and SAIDI shall determine whether or not this requirement is satisfied.

Ph. D. Programme. The applicant should have any Masters Degree from an accredited institution. The application should be accompanied by his/her transcript of records, diploma and other pertinent papers relative to application. ISA and SAIDI shall determine whether or not this requirement is satisfied.

Learning Environment

Core modules shall be handled by SAIDI of Antipolo City while the cognate modules shall be handled by ISA. The modules are offered entirely following the philosophy of open learning. The students progress at their own phase in their own learning style. The module mentor supervises each student. However, ISA has the space (physical plant/area) for its prospective students. Classroom activities shall be held in two floors (3rd and 4th) of the Teresa of Avila building, 28 Acacia St., New Manila, Quezon City. A
sizeable area is also allotted for its specialized library. There is a growing collection of spirituality studies/materials currently developed by ISA.

ISA shall also provide computers and internet connections for its students and faculty use.

Tuition Policies

SAIDI shall collect tuition fees and other variables related to the core and cognate module offerings.

SUMMER COURSE

The Institute of Spirituality in Asia (ISA) offers summer course on spirituality every summer for six consecutive days with six topics. ISA offers topics leading towards its M.A. and Ph.D. program. Lectures will be given by experts on Carmelite Spirituality, Filipino Spiritualities and Asian Spiritualities depending on the theme of the course. A certificate of completion shall be given to participants who will complete the entire course and shall be given credit of 3 units with an integration paper when they decide to enrol in the M.A. or Ph.D. program.

This one week summer course aims to provide the participants with the foundations  of  spirituality. It will also be an opportunity to discover new horizons with the guidance of Resource Speakers.

Topics and Resource Speakers

CERTIFICATE COURSES Short Courses

ISA is offering the following specialized courses/modules on Spirituality. Each module covers 10  days of instruction and integration. Anyone can enroll in any or all of these courses. A student may opt for an academic credit.

Available modules are:

Introduction to Spiritualities in the Philippines

Course Content:
  • Introduction to spirituality as a lived experience
  • Indigenous spiritualities in the Philippines
  • Hispanic influences of spirituality in the Philippines
  • Islamic spirituality in the Philippines
  • Modern and emerging spiritualities in the Philippines
  • Methods and approaches towards integrative and transformative spirituality in the Philippines
  • Panorama of spirituality studies in the Philippines

Basic Introduction to Spirituality Forms, Essence and Methods

Course Content: 

  • Introduction to Spirituality
  • History of Spirituality
  • Basic Forms of Spirituality
  • Methodology of Spirituality Studies
  • Spiritual Hermeneutics
  • Systematic Spirituality
  • Mystagogy 

Perspectives, Issues and Trends of Contemporary Spiritualities

Course Content: 
  • Introduction to Spirituality
  • History of Spirituality
  • Basic Forms of Spirituality
  • Spirituality and Postmodernity
  • Expressions of Urban Spirituality
  • Media and Spirituality
  • Spirituality in Social Movements
  • Spirituality and Globalization (Mission in a global world)

Media and Spirituality

Course Content: 
  • Introduction to Spirituality
    • History of Spirituality 
    • Basic Forms of Spirituality 
  • Spirituality, Media and Communications technologies    
    • Media and media culture 
    • Spirituality in media work 
  • Film and Spirituality

Introduction to Carmelite Spirituality

Course Content: 
  • Carmel and the Bible
    • Elijahn Roots of Carmel
    • Mary and the Carmelites
  • Carmel and Mysticism
  • Introduction to Carmelite Saints