Our world is facing many tragedies with corruption, climate change, and violence on our plate. And indeed, this is too much to take up alone. With this, Lourdes College has made a mission for her students to become peacemakers of the world; to serve and fight for the common good. With this Lourdesians embody within them the three core values, mission, and vision of the school.
Faith. A Lourdesian has a strong faith in God and can express this freely amidst difficulties. He/she should also be able to stand for what is right and just, and to also reflect on God’s will before deciding.
Spiritual activities are vital to the spiritual formation of the students. With this, a Praise Jam was held this semester, and the students were able to express their love for God through praise and worship. This is a heart-warming experience for every Lourdesian.
Excellence. A Lourdesian has a passion of excellence; this does not only apply in school but in the community as well. He/she strives to make the world a better place to live, to reach, and to attain their common goal.
Every year, Lourdes College produces world-class professionals in different professions; from Registered Nurses, CPA’s, ND’s, Psychometricians, Pharmacists to Professional Teachers, which have brought glory and honor to their alma mater.
Service. A Lourdesian serves the community; He/she volunteers to share their talents and skills to help the needy without counting the cost. In addition, they support programs for victims and survivors of calamities. One activity for instance, is the bloodletting activity held during the 91st Foundation Day on February 7, 2019. During this event, the whole Lourdesian community worked hand in hand to support the community by giving a drop of life. It does not stop there; clean-up drives were also conducted to help the environment; as Lourdesians are conscious of their surroundings.
Empowered. Being empowered does not mean having all the power and using it to control others. Rather, it should be used to promote peace and to serve. Individuals should also learn to empower themselves and the people around them. Leadership training seminars were offered to student leaders to hone their skills as empowered student leaders.
Servant Leadership. There’s no one-size-fits-all definition of leadership. Leaders can succeed with all types of personalities, education, and theories.
One popular leadership style in servant leadership, which will become more familiar when the characteristics are recognized. Servant leadership is a classic concept, but the term was coined in 1970, when Robert K. Greenleaf published his essay, “The Servant as Leader.” Greenleaf maintained “The leader is servant first”.
A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of the people and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the “top of the pyramid,” servant leadership is different. The servant-leader shares power; put the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible.
In view of this, new set of Student Government officers were elected to serve the student body for School Year 2019-2020. These leaders will be able to give a voice to students’ concerns to make their school life better.
Common Good. Pope John XXIII describes it as ‘the sum total of conditions of social living, where persons are enabled more fully and readily to achieve their own perfection.’ The world aims to have people doing good for their own community.
Every person who walks past through the portals of Lourdes College develops into a better individual. With this, they become empowered servant leaders committed to change for the common good.