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.
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
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.