07 June 2017
MEMO TO : THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY
RE :WELCOME MESSAGE FOR NEW SCHOOL YEAR
begin another academic year with some trepidation. The reflexive declaration of
Martial Law in Mindanao and the constant threat of terrorism feel like
Damocles’ sword hanging over our heads. However, I am confident that God’s
mercy and love, and our care and concern for one another will get us through
even the toughest of adversities.
look forward to the new school year 2017-2018, we also look back to the past
with deep gratitude and genuine appreciation for what we have accomplished
individually and collectively. Thus, I take this opportunity again to thank the
AdZU community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends for
your enduring support that helped us overcome some of the most difficult trials
the University has faced.
construction of the new Senior High School Building at the Salvador Campus also
poses other challenges for us, especially in terms of classrooms and parking
spaces. I ask, then, for the community’s indulgence and cooperation for
smoother operations and speedier completion of the project. We are also
strengthening our security protocols to keep our campuses safe.
welcome the new school year, we offer prayers for our Muslim brothers and
sisters in this holy month of Ramadan. We pray fervently for the people of
Marawi, especially the victims of the attack. We pray for the Armed Forces and
relief workers who attend to the thousands of displaced people.
school year, we also begin the implementation of our new AdZU Strategic Plan
2017-2022. And in line with this, I urge our community members to keep the
faith and continue our work in the service of our University’s mission and the
realization of our vision of society and community:
envision a transformation of Mindanao and the Philippines toward: peace,
healing, and progress among diverse communities; humane and sustainable
development; nurturance of faith and culture; total human security especially
for the poor and marginalized; local and global solidarity; leadership and
governance with integrity; and active citizenship inspired by love of country.”
FR KAREL S SAN JUAN SJ