"Paulinian Education is Christian and redemptive, concerned with the development of the whole person as a child of God. It leads the students to live their new identity in Christ, prepares them for the next life, and equips them for Christian leadership in their own communities here and now. A uniquely Marian and Paulinian spirituality permeates the academic curriculum, reflecting the Sisters' spirituality".
The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres is an institute of apostolic life in the Church. Founded in 1696 in France by Father Louis Chauvet, parish priest of a small village, Levesville-la-Chenard, they were called to Chartres by the Bishop, Paul Godet des Marais, given the name Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, with St. Paul the Apostle as their Patron and the Blessed Virgin Mary as their Model and Protectress. Dedicated to education, care of the sick and ministry among the underprivileged, the Congregation of more than 4000 sisters today serve in 32 countries in six continents of the world.
The Philippine Province is a hundred and ten years old this year. Invited to the Philippines by Bishop Frederick Z. Rooker for the "protection of the faith" the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres were the first of the European Congregations to come to the Philippines at the onset of the American Regime. They arrived on 29 October 1904 in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental. Instituto de San Pablo became the first of more than a hundred mission houses they would open in their first 100 years in the Philippines.
Today, more than 500 Filipino Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres run 60 houses in the country with 44 schools, 11 health care facilities, 11 pastoral centers and 9 houses under the Provincialate. Thirty-nine houses are in Luzon, 8 in the Visayas and 12 in Mindanao. Several Sisters serve the greater Church in various capacities as managers and organizers of Church Programs. Under the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, they assist at the National Secretariat for Social Action, Family Life Ministry, Ministry among Migrant Workers, Religious Education, Catechetics, formation of campus ministers and catechists, advocacy work for indigenous groups, and communication media. With the Association of Major Religious, they look to the promotion of women, street children and other marginalized groups. Sixty-seven Filipino St. Paul Sisters serve in 18 mission countries which include Central Africa, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, France, England, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Thailand, Hongkong, Japan, the United States, Hawaii, Indonesia, East Timor, Dubai, Congo and Israel.
Teachers, healers, pastoral workers, missionaries, servants of the Church - this is the Philippine Province of the Congregation today.(From: Bread for the World)
Today, 174 Sisters in the Philippine province are serving in 36 schools, four of which are located abroad. These educational institutions are categorized as Congregation-owned, Congregation-owned schools in church-owned lands, Congregation-owned schools located in partly-owned lands and administered schools.
We envision the SPC Education Ministry as:
a Christ-centered to forming persons into becoming integrated and compassionate in the service of the Church and society.
We commit ourselves to:
1. Zealously proclaim Jesus Christ as the Good News to all;
2. Consistently provide integral Catholic education marked by academic excellence, research capabilities and sustainable community development.
3. Proactively respond to the challenges, needs, and demands of a changing environment in collaboration with our strategic partners for complementation and resource sharing;
4. Resolutely build communities of disciples within the ministry;
5. Purposively manage resources in a spirit of Christian stewardship and good governance for sustainability and viability.
1. CHRIST - CENTEREDNESS
The Christo- centricity of Paul makes him cling to the Cross as a way to Glory. This is Paschal Spirituality. "I wish to know Christ and the power flowing from His resurrection; likewise, to know how to share in His sufferings by being formed into the pattern of His death. (Phil 3:10).
2. CHARITY Christ's love is the motivating force, the power that drives the Paulinian, as embodied in the Paulinian motto: CARITAS CHRISTI URGET NOS! Love is the highest gift that Paul exhorts us to seek (1 Cor 13); the law of the community which bears the name of Christ, the summary of all the commandments (Rom 13:8; Phil 2:1-5)
3. COMMISSION The charity of Christ commissions us to proclaim Him as the Good News to all. The Paulinian is an ambassador of Christ (2 Cor 5:20), servant and steward of the mysteries of God (1 Cor 4:1; 2 Cor 4:5)
4. COMMUNITY The Paulinian Contributes to the building of the body of Christ which is the Church, the community of all who had been justified in Christ. All of us, in union with Christ, form one body, and as part of it, we belong to each other (Rom 12:6).
5. CHARISM The Paulinian recognizes the respect the gifts of people, realizing that each gift is for a different purpose but all for the building of communities of faith, hope and love (1 Cor 12:13).