It is often said that the quest for the meaning of life—the need to answer (for one’s self) the question “What is my life for?”—is one that everyone undertakes at one point or another. Two great leaders: one a celebrated leader of the universal church, the other a distinguished lay leader, serendipitously found themselves kindred spirits in their answer, “I will serve!”
At the height of his influence, Jaime Cardinal Sin was looking for a community to help sustain the momentum of his work with the poorest of the poor. At that same time Antonio “Sonny” De Los Reyes was, in his own right, a noted champion of the country’s underprivileged. So, when the Cardinal invited Sonny to form a community dedicated to serving the disadvantaged, these two spiritual giants formed the Serviam community, which was named after the Cardinal’s personal motto.
Serviam was tasked with the challenge of linking resource providers with specific advocacies for community development. Since its inception, Serviam has called to like-minded individuals to become channels for societal change by identifying, allocating, and managing limited resources to improve impoverished communities. The guiding principle of this community, in the realization of its mission, is a working understanding of and conviction to practice good stewardship; an essential component of servant leadership.
To-date, the answer “I will serve!” still echoes from that fateful moment when two leaders committed to form a charismatic community to stand against the darkness of poverty and despair. Much as St. Michael the Archangel, who answered God’s call, vanquished a seemingly unbeatable foe Serviam perseveres in its service in faith that with God’s guidance and grace it will fulfil its appointed task. It hopes to live up to this indefatigable motto “I will serve!” to fulfil yet another meaning (of Serviam), one recently conferred by the universal church, “morning offering.”
The goal of Serviam Catholic Charismatic Community is to empower its members to lead Spirit-led lives by:
- Educating them to apply the servant leadership modeled by Jesus Christ into all facets of their lives;
- Equipping them to identify, process and overcome relational problems at home, at work and in society;
- Enabling them to minister to fellow community members either through prayers or acts of service; and
- Providing many opportunities for them to exercise their God-given gifts for the benefit of others.