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About IMCSA

We as members of IMCSA, are the proud carriers of over eighty years of a tradition of prayerful action in solidarity with the struggles of the marginalised, here and abroad, through the defining method of the pastoral cycle. We are committed to social and global justice, the call to critical intellectual engagement, and to build a community characterised by openness, mutual love, respect and trust.

The "pastoral cycle"

Our movement links liturgy, theological reflection and socio-political analysis with practical community development and political action in a never ending cycle of see-judge-act. This defining method is at the core of our activities and is known as the "pastoral cycle" or "circle of praxis". more >

Creating a "safe space"

A "safe space" is not about "feeling comfortable." On the contrary, members are expected to be challenged in their own faith and understandings through intellectual engagement and personal reflections. It is about the creation of relationship where young students can critically explore their Catholic faith and express their spirituality without judgment or intimidation.

Organisational structure

IMCSA is a student-driven, campus-based movement. Our highest decision making body is the National Council, which are usually held annually following a conference or formation meeting. The interim decision making body is the National Team which meets on a regular basis.

We are supported by Catholic chaplains and campus ministers but also various campus student unions and guilds. Nationally, we are recognised and supported by the Bishops' Committee for the Laity. Internationally, we are affiliated to the International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS), which has its head office in Paris, and IMCS Asia Pacific, which has its head office in the Manila. Through the IMCS, we have representation at the United Nations and Holy See.

Membership

As a campus-based movement, all members of affiliated campus catholic organisations are implicitly "members" of IMCSA. However, only those individuals who are formally involved in the movement, and for a reasonable amount of time, are considered active members. Active members enjoy voting and other rights with respect to the movement.

 

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