10. promouvoir une solidarité active pour les étudiants internationaux dans le besoin, indépendamment de leurs croyances et religions, en collaboration avec les organismes et institutions caritatifs appropriés;
NOUS NOUS ENGAGEONS, donc, en tant que participants au IIIème Congrès Mondial de la Pastorale pour des étudiants internationaux, à entreprendre le programme d’action suivant :
Next on the list was Father Heinz Kuluke, Superior General of the SVD Order, visited ISC Raamstraat international student church Sunday celebration. He is a most relaxed and wonderful person and in his homily he shared his mission efforts with the deprived of the Visayas (Philippines) where he worked with and for the children living in garbage dumps. SVD stands for Society of the Divine Word, well Father Heinz can be called a Divine Humanitarian, and surely God is super proud of him.
All the members are requested to send information and a short write up of the local chaplaincy situation and the good practice to the webmaster of SECIS so that the information can be shared. All the members are encouraged to send the newsletters and special events, photos etc… to the webmaster of SECIS, Marco Cattaneo. He can be reached at (Switzerland).
This year there are more than 1500 new international students have began their academic study in TU delft ,180 in ISS and 210 in IHE UNESCO Delft. The regular activities such as accompanying the students with spiritual guidance and counselling as well as weekly Monday Bible study, Global meeting point, Sunday liturgy and singing practice is going on well.
I partecipanti hanno avuto l'onore e la soddisfazione di essere ricevuti da Sua Santità Papa Benedetto XVI, il terzo giorno del Congresso. Il Santo Padre ha sostenuto e ulteriormente incoraggiato la pastorale degli studenti internazionali, affermando quanto essi rappresentino dei doni sia per il bene della Chiesa che dell'umanità, a motivo della diversità delle loro origini culturali, e ha ricordato le opportunità che questi giovani incontrano nel Paese ospitante per la loro crescita intellettuale, umana e spirituale.
Most chaplaincies operate on a tight budget and provide spiritual and emotional support, simple hospitality and opportunities for growth in theological knowledge and understanding of the Faith and of the Word of God. However, many chaplains are often approached by international students in material hardship, and we try to support them either on an ad-hoc basis or by helping them access support services in the University or in the local community.
Catholic Chaplaincies operate independently of one another within their diocesan frameworks, and their shape and size can vary widely. Some chaplains are welcomed by universities and are very active on campus, others work from nearby Catholic chaplaincies; some do both. Some chaplaincies also provide accommodation for both British and international students, (for instance in Bangor, Birmingham Brighton and Sussex, Derby, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield etc.) This can involve from just a handful of students to a maximum of about 60 in the case of Newman House and More House in London.
There is huge diversity among international students and even with a national group like Chinese or Nigerian students there will be considerable cultural variation. They should not be seen as a problem and the student services director argued that it is good to include them in general student activities and care rather than as a separate group. A number have poor English communication skills and some find the secularism and behaviour in English society hard to understand. Some will struggle with the amount of independent study expected of them. Some will enjoy the freedom to reinvent themselves. Some will have unacknowledged mental health problems which will be intensified by coming to a strange country.
The chaplains were available throughout the year for personal counseling in all kinds of life and faith issues. A lot of time is consumed in personal confidential sharing of the special issues of the students. Confession, marriage preparation course and at times Baptism preparation etc… takes a lot of time along with every Sunday liturgical celebrations. This year there were 24 students who attended our marriage preparation course. There is a growing number children in our community. We hope to begin some special activities for the family and children in the year 2014 programme.
There are 4 strategies which international students tend to adopt:
• Assimilation when the student uproots completely from their background,
Another national 2 day-retreat attended by students of the TU was held in May in an ecumenical center in Utrecht the brand punt. With the title “Secularisation and faith in a changing modern social perspectives from a Christian view”. We especially reflected about the concept of faith and religion in university campus. The participants enjoyed being close to nature and having time off from their studies.