BACOLOD, April 26, 2016 – In the hope of nurturing a renewal of Marian devotion among Catholic educators in the country, a newly-established Catholic professional organization had Mariology as the main topic for its latest updating program for religion teachers held in this city from April 18 to 23.
“It is our hope that the Mariology course will foster a renewal of Marian piety among the religion teachers which they, in turn, can transmit to their students,” said
Fr. Deogracias Aurelio V. Camon, professor of Sacred Scripture and a member of PACRE’s Board of Directors, explaining why the 3rd part of the Philippine Association of Catholic Religious Educators (PACRE) lecture series focused on Mary.
The priest further claimed that “the Catholic devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is oftentimes the target of attacks that tend to weaken those Catholics who do not have a strong background in Mariology.”
Responding to modern needs
“Oftentimes, the vulnerable minds of the youth in schools are easily led astray by what they see or hear among their peers or in the media, which may not be favorable to Marian devotion,” observed the Sacred Scripture professor.
“It is very important for religion teachers to be equipped with the necessary basic theological training that can adequately respond to the demands and challenges of the present pluralistic postmodern society,” added Camon.
Twenty-nine religion teachers from various private schools, mainly from Negros Occidental attended the 3rd part of PACRE’s lecture series.
3 graduate units
In partnership with the La Consolacion College – Graduate School in Bacolod City, an equivalent of three graduate units will be offered to those who attend the lecture series, as part of PACRE’s updating program.
Those interested to join PACRE or its lecture series may contact PACRE president Dr. Dennis Madrigal at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. no. +63918-340-1443.
The Philippine Association of Catholic Religious Educators, a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)-registered association of Catholic religion teachers, will be holding its next lecture in August 2016, which will focus on Church history.
PACRE, which aims to promote the professional development of religion teachers, has its main office at the University of Negros Occidental- Recoletos (UNO-R) in Bacolod City. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas / CBCP News)