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It is common for a lot of people to  interchange a Vision from a Mission.  There is nothing unusual nor bad if they do so because they are always together.

I refer to the Business Dictionary for the official meaning of the difference between the two.  I quote in their definition the following unique points to differentiate one from the other.

What is a Vision?

An aspirational description of what an organization would like to achieve or accomplish in the mid-term or long-term future.

It is intended to serve as a clear guide for choosing current and future courses of action.

What is a Mission?

A written declaration of an organization’s core purpose and focus that normally remains unchanged over time. 

It serves as filters to separate what is important from what is not, it clearly states which markets will be served and how and it communicates a sense of intended direction to the organization.

The two (2) definitions help me when I try to put the heart the vision and mission of our school .

Our Vision:  A Ruizian Catholic educational institution of servant leaders who live faith, hope and love in communion significantly contributing to national and world progress, unity and peace

For example, to become men and women in service for others, we  empower our  students to become servant leaders as embodied in the examples and teachings of Christ who came to serve and not to be served, therefore, they must become men and women in service for others .  

Our Mission: Distinctly LAY, CATHOLIC and FILIPINO,  we are committed to :

  1. Work toward the holistic formation of servant leaders centered on the Eucharist , modeled on the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Lorenzo Ruiz and become witnesses of the Gospel
  2. Continuously strive for transformative education that is innovative, dynamic and globally responsive
  3. Efficiently manage resources for viability and sustainability.

According to Britt Skrabanek in her article “Difference between Vision and Mission Statements :  25 examples”, a vision statement focuses on tomorrow and what an organization wants to ultimately become while a mission statement focuses on today and what an organization does to achieve it.

Everything becomes clear if we are able to distinguish one from the other.

Reference : 

Skrabanek,B. Difference between Vision and Mission Statements:25 examples.

Retrieved May 15, 2019,  from www.clearvoice.com

Mission and Vision.  Business Dictionary. http://businessdictionary.com. Retrieved May 10,2019