Sr. Theresa Sepeti
Chaplaincy Committee Member
A good and vibrant chaplaincy is one of the key things that makes a school distinctively Christian, Catholic and Jesuit.
- Encounter with the Person of Jesus Christ
Christ is proposed to our learner as the model of human life. We come to realise that everyone can draw inspiration and learn about commitment from the life and teaching of Jesus, who witnesses to the love and forgiveness of God, lives in Solidarity with all who suffer and pours out his life in the service of others.
- Personal Philosophy of Life
The educational process has one common goal: the formation of a balanced person with a personally developed philosophy of life. Through workshops and Kairos Retreats, our learners have been encouraged to be open to growth and sharing at a deeper level.
Jesuit education offers a progressive initiation to prayer, following the example of Christ who prayed regularly to his Father. Our learners are encouraged to praise and thank God, to pray for one another, and to ask God’s help in meeting the needs of the larger human community.
St. Ignatius college is a community of faith which expresses this faith through appropriate religious or Spiritual celebrations. Through planned school masses and days of recollections, our learners were invited to have a deeper reflection about God and have moral and spiritual development. Hence were helped to develop a sense of self-worth and to become responsible individuals within the community.
- Social outreach
The prime educational objective St. Ignatius College is to form men and women for others. Hence St. Ignatius college has given opportunities to learners to have contact with the less privileged in the society. The Service immersion program at Kalamawe in Chikuni is one such activity that exposed our learners to the social difficulties some people go through in the same Zambia. They were able to donate food stuffs, clothes as well as pay school fees for 2 vulnerable girls from grade 10 till they finish grade 12.
The goal of Jesuit education today, is to educate leaders in service. St. Ignatius college has helped the learners to develop the qualities of mind and heart that will enable them to work with others for the good of all in the service of Kingdom of God. This happened through leadership workshops for our prefects and all students with various responsibilities in the college.
- Involvement in the life of the church
In ways proper to the school, concrete experiences of church life have been available to our learners through participation in church projects and activities. Our learners participated in the special singing on St. Ignatius day at St. Ignatius parish. Then, they also sung Christmas Carols, with pride and confidence at the same Parish.
- Pastoral Care
Learners have been introduced to Cura Personalis (care for the other). Welcoming and having a sense of belonging is vital for the learners. There is also accompaniment, where teachers in chaplaincy, older pupils or peers are always there for others. Learners are also encouraged to embrace reconciliation and start afresh.
We therefore realise that Religious and Spiritual formation is integral to St. Ignatius college. It is not added to, or separate from the educational process. Every attempt is made to present the possibility of a faith response to God as something truly human and not opposed to reason, as well as to develop those values which are able to resist the secularism of modern life.