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Integrating academic learning and formative processes to strengthen Discipleship Training

For some years, women and men Major Superiors and Formators of different countries in Asia, especially in the Philippines, had been expressing the desire for an Institute for Consecrated Life to accompany the religious in deepening their biblical, theological and historical roots, as well as clarifying their identity, their communion and their mission in the Church and in the world. On June 14, 1997, the Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia (ICLA) was officially inaugurated and the first academic School Year 1997-1998 started and became academically valid for obtaining a Licentiate Degree in Theology of the Consecrated Life 


ICLA, as an ecclesiastical institute, is incorporated into the Faculty of Theology of the University of Santo Tomas.  As a civil institute of higher learning, it is the Graduate Department of St. Anthony Mary Claret College, recognized by the Philippine government.

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ICLA Vision & Mission

The Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia (ICLA) is an academic-formative community of higher learning in doing Theology, lived spirituality and mission, and serving a multicultural student population (Religious, Lay leaders and ministers, and Priests) from emergent churches, particularly in Asia. Faithful to its Christian identity and evangelizing mission, it is equally concerned with the integral well-being of its partners and stakeholders (administrators, faculty and staff).

The Institute provides academic-formative programs focused on discipleship through different forms of Christian life for Religious, Lay leaders and ministers, and Priests. Rooted in the living tradition of the Church and in dialogue with Asian cultures, Spiritualities and the poor,



  • educates for competent service in the Church through theological reflection, formation and accompaniment, missionary skills and community building;

  • promotes a deep sense of vocation and commitment to mission in a multicultural environment;

  • seeks to form its students in gospel values expressed through compassionate service and friendship with the marginalized;

  • explores one’s relationship with humanity and the rest of creation in mutual respect and actively practices ecological stewardship; and

  • fosters openness to the transforming power of the Spirit of God through lived spirituality.

ICLA Programs



  1. Licentiate in Sacred Theology (SThL) with Specialization in Consecrated Life / Master of Arts in Theology, Major in Consecrated Life

  2. Master of Arts in Theology, Major in Spirituality

  3. Master of Arts in Theology, Major in Missiology

  4. Master of Arts in Theology, Major in Biblical Ministry

  5. Doctorate in Sacred Theology (SThD), with specialization in Consecrated Life

  6. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Theology, Major in Consecrated Life

  7. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Theology, Major in Missiology


1. Certificate Program for First Year Novices - Consecrated for the Mission: Following of Christ through a Life according to the Evangelical Counsels in Community for the Evangelizing Mission

2.  Program for Juniors - Towards “My Final and Definitive Fiat”

3.  Online Short Courses for Christians and Consecrated Persons

4.  Servant Leadership

5.  Pastoral Management

6.  Safeguarding Minors and Vulnerable Adults


To attain its objectives, ICLA integrates academic learning and formative processes within a supportive community atmosphere. Through the Center of Accompaniment, Renewal and Empowerment of Students (CARES), it facilitates the following activities:

  • Prayer and Sacramental Life

  • Days of Renewal and Refreshment (Recollections / Retreats)

  • Spiritual Accompaniment

  • In-house Community Services

  • Conferences / Workshops on Formation Issues

  • Exposure / Immersion

For more information on ICLA Programs, please click on this link 

ICLA Contact Details



526 Tandang Sora Avenue

Culiat, 1128 Quezon City


Email Address:

Contact No.:       (+632) 8932-0343

Fax  No.:                (+632) 8932-0346

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