The new Director of the Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia (ICLA), Rev. Fr. Prisco A. Cajes, OFM, was appointed by UST Rector Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P., with the confirmation by and approval of the Congregation for Catholic Education. Fr. Cajes was installed during a special academic convocation which was held on March 25, 2019 at Moraleda Hall of ICLA in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.
The Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia was aggregated to the UST Faculty of Sacred Theology on February 12, 1995 and incorporated to it on March 22, 1999. In his inaugural address, Fr. Cajes lauded the Institute’s collaboration with UST, through which they are able to grant ecclesiastical degrees to a culturally diverse and dynamic population of consecrated persons from various religious congregations all over Asia. ICLA is incorporated to the UST Faculty of Sacred Theology.
Through such academic collaborations, the University serves the wider Church by providing opportunities for seminarians and religious to earn an ecclesiastical degree despite the limited number of established Ecclesiastical Faculties. Moreover, this arrangement also helps affiliated seminaries or institutes to align their programs with the standards set by the Congregation for Catholic Education.
The graduates of the program serve in various capacities in the local Churches of Asia and around the world. As director of ICLA, Fr. Cajes takes charge of the ordinary affairs of the Institute and during this term, faces the particular challenge of revising their Statutes in line with the recent Apostolic Constitution, Veritatis Gaudium (The Joy of Truth).