Bukidnon is a landlocked province in the north central region of Mindanao island. The land consists of wide plateaus punctuated with rugged hills and mountains as well as rolling highlands cut deep by canyons and rivers. Blessed with rich soil and favorable weather conditions, it is a major producer of rice, corn, coffee, sugar, fruits, vegetables and livestock. Major agricultural plantation and food manufacturing companies operate in the area. Many forestal areas are sites of former logging operations.
The mission communities are located in the rural areas along the base of Mt. Kalatungan, Mt. Kitanglad and the Mt. Pantaron range, inhabited by indigenous people (also known as Lumad, in the regional dialect), whose tribal ethnicities are mostly Talaandig, Higaonon, Manobo, Umajamnon, Matigsalug, Pulangiyen and Tigwahanon.
The Jesuit Bukidnon Mission District consists of three parishes and four high schools in Cabanglasan, Pangantucan, Miarayon, and Zamboanguita, with the Jesuit Retreat House in Malaybalay as their Ignatian spiritual formation center. The Missionary Congregation of Mary, the Carmelite Sisters of Our Lady and the Ursuline Missionaries of the Sacred Heart assist us in the academic and administrative services of the high schools and parish literacy centers.
With their Mindanao Roadmap as guide, the Bukidnon Jesuits’ strategic priorities include: the alleviation of poverty among the Lumad peoples; their protection from the pervasive effects of conflict between government and rebel forces; the prevention of the degradation of the natural environment and protection of natural resources; the realization of lasting peace through education, human development, justice and inter-faith dialogue.