Fondly called by a shorter name, “Stella Orientis,” the Oratory is housed on the second floor of UA&P’s Development Communication Building, and was blessed on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 15 August 1992.
The Oratory’s design considers focus and devotion to Christ, and every detail performs a catechetical function for the faithful.
Ms. Ana Louisa Abrau
637-0912 local 285
For the list of activities held by the Chaplaincy, you may also visit the Activities and Schedule page.
Fr. Antonio Elizer Bermejo
Head, Chaplaincy Council
Chaplain Adviser – College of Arts and Sciences, Center for Student Affairs
Fr. Gerardo Patio
Assistant Head, Chaplaincy Council
Chaplain Adviser – School of Sciences and Engineering, Center for Food and Agribusiness
Fr. Emmanuel Garrido
Secretary, Chaplaincy Council
Chaplain Adviser – School of Communication, School of Law and Governance, Center for Social Responsibility
Fr. Caesar Santos
Chaplain in-charge of Sancta Maria Stella Orientis Oratory
Chaplain Adviser – School of Economics, School of Education and Human Capital Development, Center for Research and Communication
Fr. Edgar Soria
Chaplain in-charge of ALB Oratory
Chaplain Adviser – School of Management
Activities and Schedule
The UA&P Chaplaincy aims to promote among all the persons linked to the University a great desire to improve constantly their Christian life as they contribute with their professional work to the University’s mission.
It offers spiritual means and formative services to achieve this goal, while at the same time respecting freedom of consciences.
Monday to Friday: 7:45 a.m. and 12:05 p.m.
Saturday and public holidays: 12:05 p.m. only
Solemn Benediction, Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (during school days)
Fridays: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
*Schedule of confessions for the month of February can be viewed here.
Recollections for Professional Men
1st Saturday: 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. (Dizon Auditorium)
3rd Friday: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Dizon Auditorium)
Recollections for Young Professional Men
4th Saturday: 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (ALB Oratory)
Recollections for Professional Women and Housewives
2nd Saturday: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Dizon Auditorium)
2nd Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Dizon Auditorium)
3rd Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Dizon Auditorium)
4th Tuesday: 6:15 to 8:00 p.m. (Dizon Auditorium)
Catholic Doctrine Classes for Ladies
2nd Saturday: 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. (Dizon Auditorium)
2nd and 3rd Thursdays: 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. (Dizon Auditorium)
4th Tuesday: 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. (Dizon Auditorium)
Catholic Doctrine Classes for Young Professional Men
1st Saturday: 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Case Room 1)
3rd Saturday: 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Dining Hall 1)
Other Chaplaincy Services
The Chaplaincy also organizes special activities such as recollections, retreats, seminars, and other liturgical services. The schedule of official retreats for male and female students may be obtained from announcements posted on the bulletin boards around the campus. Initiatives that pertain to the liturgy (such as adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, processions, public recitation of the rosary, and prayer meetings) are welcome. However, organizers must consult the chaplain before holding these activities.
Guides and Materials
“Prayer cannot be reduced to the spontaneous outpouring of interior impulse: in order to pray, one must have the will to pray. Nor is it enough to know what the Scriptures reveal about prayer: one must also learn how to pray.” —CCC 2650
Below are some materials recommended by the Chaplaincy to help Christians in their practices of piety:
The Sacrament of Confession of Reconciliation is a sacrament of joy. It is a sacrament of healing, returning us to the Father after we sin.
Jesus Christ gave his disciples – and by extension, priests – not only to “loose” (that is, forgive in God’s name) but also to “bind” (that is, impose penances). The priest serves as the representative of God and his mercy. Confession gives new courage, confidence and a fresh start. One learns humility by this practice, receives additional grace to avoid sin, and attains a certainty of forgiveness superior to a mere feeling of being forgiven.
The Holy Mass (Missa) is the liturgy in which the mystery of salvation is accomplished concluding with the sending forth (missio) of the faithful, so that they may fulfill God’s will in their daily lives. The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist. See chapter “The Sacrament of the Eucharist” in the Catechism of the Catholic Church >
“The theme of my prayer is the theme of my life. That is the way I speak to God. As I consider my situation, there comes to mind a specific and firm resolution to change, to improve, to be more docile to the love of God.” — from “Listening to God in Prayer” by Fr. Julio Peñacoba
- What is the Recollection?
A Recollection is a periodic (monthly or quarterly) activity where we spend a few hours in silence and prayer, examining how we are directing our life towards God. Here are some activities during a recollection that might help a person spend his time of prayer more fruitfully:
- Spiritual reading.is how we can begin our recollection by trying to bring into our prayer some points for reflection from a spiritual book.
- Meditations are 30-minute periods of personal prayer where, in the presence of Our Lord in an oratory or chapel, we spend time conversing with Him. During recollections organized by Centers of Opus Dei, these meditations are preached by a priest of Opus Dei.
- The talk is about ascetical, spiritual topics as well as some human virtues necessary to live as Christians. We try to bring the ideas that we get from the talk into our own conversation with God.
- The examination of conscience is a short period during the recollection where we, in the presence of Our Lord, examine our conscience and formulate resolutions to better show our love and faithfulness to Him. It helps a lot if there is a set of appropriately prepared questions.
How can I profit spiritually from doing a Recollection?
An important step to doing a good recollection is to prepare for it ahead of time. The following are other suggestions that a can help you improve in attending the recollection:
- Maintain interior and exterior silence and ask for spiritual lights from the Holy Spirit. You will practice charity better if you try to avoid unnecessary conversations that can distract people who might be doing the recollection with you.
- Read, reflect and pray by making use of good spiritual reading books.
- If a priest is available, take advantage of the opportunity to go to Confession or seek spiritual direction.
- Try to come up with one or two short resolutions that you can apply to your own life.
- Novena for Work — Pray with St. Josemaria for a new job or for help at work.
Day 1, to find a job: “May our Lord grant me the grace to get a job quickly, which will provide security for my family. At the same time, may he help me to understand that what gives value to any honest work is the love with which I do it: love for God, in the first place, to whom I can offer up my work, and love for my neighbor, whom I wish to serve and be useful to.”
Novena for the Sick — Ask St. Josemaria’s intercession for restored health in mind and body.
Day 7, Intention A: “While I am ill, may God our Lord make my heart capable of overlooking my sufferings and turning my attention affectionately to the needs and concerns of others. May he grant me good humor and pleasantness, and make me attentive to others, spreading optimism to all those who accompany me and help me: relatives, friends, carers, priests who visit, etc …”
Way of the Cross — “A devotion that consists of considering fourteen moments on the journey Jesus made to Calvary on the first Good Friday, to meditate on the sufferings of Jesus Christ and unite ourselves to him. Saint Josemaría loved this devotion very much …” — From Memoria del Beato Josemaría Escrivá, and Salvador Bernal, Madrid, 2000.
Opening Prayer: My Lord and my God, under the loving eyes of our Mother, we are making ready to accompany you along this path of sorrow, which was the price for our redemption. We wish to suffer all that You suffered, to offer you our poor, contrite hearts, because you are innocent, and yet you are going to die for us, who are the only really guilty ones.
“… Every Catholic should have a spiritual director. As St. Josemaría Escrivá put it, “You wouldn’t think of building a good house to live in here on earth without an architect. How can you ever hope without a director, to build the castle of your sanctification in order to live forever in heaven?” This is true for everybody, not just for the poor, simple, or uneducated but even more for the complacently successful.” — from “What is Spiritual Direction?” by Fr. C. J. McCloskey, III.
Spiritual Formation in UA&P
Dr. Torralba reveals how this aspect of learning is critical in a university
A university cannot be a real university if it does not provide “integral formation” characterized by an education on faith, reason, culture and life as mentioned in the Credo, Dr. Antonio Torralba, UA&P trustee, said.
Dr. Torralba explained that a university’s mission to integral formation is the reason why UA&P offers means of enriching the human spirit such as the Mass, meditations and days of recollection. They are, however, only a few ways of being well-formed as human beings.
“Spiritual formation is not isolated to those activities one goes to or attends,” Dr. Torralba said, explaining that one should consider them as venues for intellectual development and discovery of truth using both faith and reason.
A person with spiritual formation, or who at least pursues it, easily “appreciates the challenges of life much better,” Dr. Torralba said. “He would have a sounder set of criteria for his decisions and he would perhaps learn how to love disappointments and accept the realities of life with a greater spirit of love.”
Another characteristic of someone who pursues things of the spirit understands “that good things will come out of everything,” he added.
What distinguishes the spiritual formation offered by the University is its secularity and its respect for people’s freedom. Sharing his experience of formation while studying in schools run by religious institutions, Dr. Torralba mentioned how spiritual activities were “supposed to be attended by everybody.”
“Here (in UA&P), while people are encouraged to attend (retreats, etc.), we are not coerced,” he said.