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;
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.
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 the genuine Christian formation can only happen in a community setting;
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).