IFRS offers religious formation and theological studies with the following characteristics:

Contextual - Rooted in Philippine, Asian and Third world realities in order to gain a deeper understanding of the religious, cultural, social, economic, political and environmental contexts so that the Gospel might be brought to bear as a historical force for the transformation of society;

Transformational - Responsive to the call of the Spirit and the signs of the times which demand the transformation of individuals, relationships, communities, institutions and structures so that �all may have life and have it to the full� (John 10:10);

Integrated - Guided by scriptural, theological, and pastoral reflections rooted in human experience and contemporary issues; cognizant that justice, peace and ecological concerns are essentially related to the Gospel message and that genuine Christian formation can only happen in a community setting;

Inclusive - Incorporates the perspectives of women, indigenous peoples, and other marginalized sectors; the insights of other religious traditions and spiritualities; and the concern for the integrity of creation.


In keeping with our general goal, we commit:

1. To provide curricula, training and exposure that offer opportunities for studying and doing theology;

2. To equip students with knowledge and competence in Scripture, theology, spirituality and gender studies;

3. To develop critical thinking and actively promote the constant search for truth among the students and faculty through research and other opportunities for professional growth;

4. To nurture a holistic spirituality that deepens the IFRS COMMUNITY'S relationship with God incarnated in Christ Jesus, with the neighbor and all of creation, and is responsive to the needs of the times;

5. To foster professional and personal values and attitudes among administrators, faculty, personnel and students within a participative and democratic organization;

6. To grant degrees in Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Master of Arts in Religious Studies, major in Scriptures, Theology, Christian Spirituality and Women and Religion.

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