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Church history relevant to present-day questions – priest

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As part of PACRE’s continuing professional education program for religion and values-education teachers, catechists, and campus ministers, the lecture series aim to provide a venue for teachers to update and enrich them about Church history in general and the Christianization of the Philippines and Negros in particular. (Photo: Fr. Deogracias Camon)

BACOLOD, Sept. 27, 2016 – “Why do very few students choose to take up History?”

“They see no future in it.”

This wisecrack, sometimes used to undermine an age-old academic discipline, found its match as educators gathered in Bacolod for the Philippine Association of Catholic Religious Educators ongoing professionalization program for Religion Teachers (PACRE) to celebrate the relevance of Church history by learning more about it.

Enriched by Church history

“Church history has to be a narrative that allows the present generation of Christians to make sense of the past, understand the present and directs the future. It has to be relevant to the questions that concern the present-day Christians and not merely a record of the past,” said Fr. Deogracias Aurelio V. Camon, Ph.D., professor of Sacred Scripture and a member of PACRE’s Board of Directors.

The modules on Church history were given every Saturday, from Aug. 6 to Sept.17, at the St. John Mary Vianney Hall of Bacolod’s San Sebastian Cathedral.

“As part of PACRE’s continuing professional education program for religion and values education teachers, catechists, and campus ministers, the lecture aims to provide a venue for teachers to update and enrich themselves about Church history in general and the Christianization of the Philippines and Negros in particular,” said the priest.

Ecclesiology updating course

The next PACRE updating course, scheduled in November 2016, will be on Ecclesiology.

As in the previous lectures, complete attendance to the 6-day weekly lectures will be given three credit units in the event the participant decides to enrol in the Master of Arts in Education, major in Religious Studies.

For more information, interested parties may contact Dr. Joson at La Consolacion College Bacolod Graduate School, telephone number (034) 434-9661 to 64, or PACRE president, Dr. Dennis Madrigal, telephone number (034) 433 2449, local 122 or 09183401443, or by email at dennis_madrigal40@yahoo.com.

Pope on importance of history

Pope Francis himself highlighted the importance of studying history.

In an audience with members of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences on April 12, 2014, the Pontiff said: “History and historians can help the Church discern what the Holy Spirit wants to say to it today.”

The Roman pontiff told historians, “In your studies and in your teaching, you are particularly faced with the vicissitudes of the Churches’ journeys through time, with its glorious history of evangelization, of hopes and daily struggles, of lives spent in service and fidelity to work, as well as infidelity, of denials, of sins.”

“In your encounter and collaboration with researchers of every culture and religion, you can offer a specific contribution to the dialogue between the Church and the modern world,” the Pope stressed. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas / CBCP News)


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