The integration of the Paulinian spirituality in all the institutions’ processes and programs had always been a challenge to our schools. Efforts of integration as reflected in the school’ operational and lesson plans still remain abstract and render us grappling as to what paradigm or scheme must be used to existentially make the “how” of integration a reality. Attempts to meet this challenge have not been able to seamlessly address the issue of integration.
The yearning for a holistic formation program had been formally presented during the 27th Educators Congress held las May, 2017, as one of the key areas of the SPCEM Strategic Plan for 2017-2020.
The main premise of this program is to emphasize that the integration of spirituality in all the processes of our school existentially takes place in the heart of each Consecrated Person and Paulinian Employee, willing and yielding to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
Thus, crucial to the issue of seamless integration is the holistic formation of SPC Sisters, Lay Administrators, Faculty, Staff and Maintenance Personnel, who are the “FORMATORS” in Paulinian Schools.
The mission of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres in the Philippines was a response to the invitation of Bishop Frederick Z. Rooker for the former to help in the "preservation of faith" in the Philippines, particularly in Dumaguete.
This is an echo of the founding mission of our Founder, Fr. Louis Chauvet, who educated and evangelized the children of Levesville. As a Teacher, his greatest desire of teaching the children how to read and write came from his zeal to enable them to know the Gospel-Jesus Christ, and for them to be able to actively participate in the liturgical and parish activities, and to uplift their human and spiritual condition.
“History tell us that on April 28, 1695, the seed of a Religious Project took root in his heart and mind when he rented out a land for the support of a school mistress. Henceforth, the foundation of a Teaching Religious Community had ceased to be simply a dream. Soon, amidst the skepticism of some opposing souls, Fr. Louis Chauvet sought means and assistance to transform an obscure farming village into a basic Gospel Community.”
Today, 174 Sisters in the Philippine province are serving in 42 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).
The Paulinian motto is: “Caritas Christi Urget Nos” (“The Charity of Christ impels us.”)
Paulinian Education is Christian and redemptive, concerned with the development of the whole person as a child of God.
Colors of the logo are green and gold: GREEN, for the hope that springs eternal, for the fields white for the harvest and for laborers of the harvest, commissioned as we all are by our baptismal anointing; GOLD, for the honor and glory of God, the well-spring of the saving love of Christ, which should be the stimulus and the goal of all that we think, say and do. Together, they remind us of the summary of the law: Love of God and love of neighbor perfected by our Lord in “Love one another as I love you.” (Jn 15:12)
The triangle symbolizes the three (3) major components of education: instruction, research and community service. The triangle can also symbolizes the source of Christian education, the Blessed Trinity, who is the model of personal loving communion. (CFC 1526)
The anchor and the wheat are the symbols of the Congregation showing that the Paulinian tries to imbibe the same SPC Spirituality which is Christo-centric and Paschal. The lamp with its flame burning bright bids us to shine in the world by our witness to the faith as zealous followers of Christ. The book signifies the pursuit of knowledge, grounded in Christ the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
The logo contains the motto of the Congregation: Caristas Christi Urget Nos. It is the love of Christ which urges us on in all that we do.
The Paulinian motto is: “Caristas Christi Urget Nos.” (The charity of Christ impels us.”)
This thought has fired the zeal of countless Paulinian Sisters to cross the vast waters and to establish St. Paul educational institutions all over the world.
Colors of the logo are green and gold
GREEN, for the hope that springs eternal, for the fields white for the harvest and for laborers of the harvest, commissioned as we all are by our baptismal anointing;
GOLD, for the honor and glory of God, the well-spring of the saving love of Christ, which should be the stimulus and the goal of all that we think, say and do. Together, they remind us of the summary of the Law: Love of God and love of neighbor perfected by our Lord in “Love one another as I love you.” (John 15:12)
Our school seal bears a shield with a tricolor background-red, white and blue.
These are the colors of the flag of France, birthplace of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres and of the Philippines, the land of our birth and our people. The red portion is a call to courage, to sacrifice, to the tranquil daring that should a school every Paulinian in the daily battle of life.
White is a reminder of the purity and simplicity of heart that should be ours in the daily struggle to know and accomplish the holy will of God. The blue portion recalls the Paulinian’s quest for justice and peace among men and the devotion to our Lady, Mother of God and Mother of us all.
Within the shield, the lamp with its flame burning bids us to shine in the world by our witness to the faith as zealous followers of Christ. The book signifies the pursuit of knowledge, grounded in Christ the Way, the Truth and the Life.
The shield rest on a crossed palm leaf and a sword, signifying the palm of martyrdom that St. Paul, our patron, won when he was beheaded outside Rome.
This is to remind us that, like our patron, we are called to martyrdom – perhaps not the wet martyrdom that special times and occasions may call for, but certainly the dry martyrdom of living each day the acceptance and endurance of the suffering that is our share of Christ’s cross, while we await the time of His coming to bring us eternal life.