Are you ready to serve?
Today we commemorate the Day of Valor, formerly called Bataán Day, to remind us of the heroism of our soldiers and for Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila – Student Catholic Action (PLM-SCA) team, it was a day to huddle and to plan for the servant leadership training.
A group of servant alumni reflected on the relevance of the movement in evangelizing the youth in the PLM community.
The alumni are composed of doctors, finance executives, educators, engineers and human resources management specialist to name a few.
Beyond their profession, the group aims to continue the servant leadership legacy of the movement.
Student Catholic Action was founded in 1936 in the Philippines and started in Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) back in 1981.
Since then, it has undergone a gradual process of development and expansion. Evolving from a loosely formed city-wide association in the early years it has established itself as a well-knit organization with SCA Units in practically all educational institutions in the Archdiocese of Manila.
Demonstrating adaptability as one of its main assets, SCA first concerned itself with the problem of education in the state university. It was here that the first unit was formed by Columban Father Edward J. McCarthy in 1936 at the University of the Philippines-Manila. It was formally approved by his grace, Archbishop Michael O’ Doherty on April 12, 1936.
During the occupation era the impetus of the early enthusiasm of SCA maintained the organization for a short time. Registered with the Japanese authorities “SCA for secular colleges and universities,” the organization continued with its regular student Masses but eventually, due to lack of priestly assistance, all activities gradually ceased.
After the war in 1948, with the archbishop’s request in Manila, an immediate objective of establishing religion classes in non-sectarian and public schools was called for. SCA was revived and expanded for the main purpose of providing many catechists required for this work not only in Catholic Schools. SCA then had an increasing influence until such time it did not only focus on catechism but also embraced the SIX AIMS (presently the SCA Areas of Concern).
In 1969, during the heightened student activism on Martial Law Years, student organizations including SCA was banned due to the infiltration of the leftists. Other arch/dioceses however continued the program in their own. CBCP abolished SCA in 1985 and the national coordination was lost. In 1998, CBCP, through the efforts of Bp Rolando J. Tria Tirona, ECY Chairman and Ms. Teresita E. Nitorreda, SCA gained back its national structure and was granted a mandate as a recognized youth organization by the Episcopal Commission on Youth.
- International Young Christian Students (IYCS) – with consultative status at UNESCO and UN ECOSOC
- Philippine Network of Ecumenical Teams (PHILNet)
- Ecumenical Asia-Pacific Students and Youth Network (EASYNet)
SCA is inspired by Cardinal Joseph Cardijn’s methodology SEE-JUDGE-ACT. The same methodology that is used as the REVIEW of LIFE of every SCAn. These activities follow one methodology:
- National Leadership Conference (Exposure-Reflection-Action/Resolution)
- Regional Leadership Conference (Exposure-Reflection-Action/Resolution)
- Cluster or Archdiocesan Conference
- National Solidarity Day/Day of Prayer for Peace
- Leadership Youth Camps
- Symposiums on Various Issues (Political, Educational/Cultural, Socio-Economic-Ecological, Spiritual, Media and Recreational)
- Socio-Economic-Environmental Related Action Projects (tree planting, coastal clean-up, etc.)
- Advocacy building
FORMATION PROGRAMS FOR MEMBERS AND YOUTH
Four-Stage Formation toward Full-fledged Membership
- Cell Meetings (8-session PCM)
- Basic Orientation Workshop (BOW)
- Christ the King Leadership Recollection and Oath-taking
- Chaplains and Animators Formation Exchange (CAFÉ)
- Animators Team Training
FORMATION PROGRAMS OFFERED TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE
- Youth Evangelized to Serve (YES)
- Taize Formation and Prayer