BACOLOD, March 18, 2015 – The Pope John Paul II National Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Bacolod, Centro Associato of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome, is offering its fourth cycle of the Summer Academic Program, Masters of Education in Marriage and Family.
Held for the first time in the summer of 2012, the program is now open to continuing and new students from the dioceses in the Philippines and abroad.
Program organizers have observed a growing interest in the family and life ministry, especially after the visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines.
Strong pro-life statements
It can be recalled that in his address to Filipino families the Pope was firm in defending “openness to life” and the definition of the family, warning the faithful against the onslaught of an “ideological colonization” that, similar to the political colonization of the country, threatens to destroy the institution of the family.
In the same encounter with families, the Pope issued one of his strongest statements on the Church’s teaching against the “culture of death”, calling families to “be sanctuaries of respect for life, proclaiming the sacredness of every human life from conception to natural death.”
The John Paul II Institute is expecting more students not only for the summer program but also for the two-year Master thesis program on Marriage and the Family.
To illustrate the importance of strengthening the family and life ministry, Fr. Ronaldo Quijano, Dean of Studies of the John Paul II Institute said: “Every diocese has its own pastoral concerns and priorities but there is one living thread that can truly provide a unifying framework to all our ministries, that is, the family ministry.”
Context of family
He acknowledged that “every ministry is important but we should not compartmentalize these.”
“Liturgical ministry is expressed in the context of the family. Catechesis is taught within the family. Social apostolate is oriented in caring for poor families,” the priest added.
“Thus, a well integrated family framework can reshape our diocesan structures to respond better to the call for lay empowerment, motivating people to be actively involved in the Church’s evangelizing mission. There is no authentic community renewal unless it is family-based. We need more stakeholders of family ministry in order to make it as a diocesan priority,” Quijano explained.
For the summer of 2015, the course will run from April 8 until May 2.
The subjects offered for the fourth cycle are Sociology and Demography; Anatomy; Developmental Psychology; Magisterial Documents with John Paul’s II Theology of the Body; and Pedagogy of the Family with Pastoral Counseling.
Students of the summer course are given an opportunity to study with no charges for tuition or board and lodging while enrolled in Bacolod. Only a minimal amount for miscellaneous, and for entrance examinations for new students, is needed for enrolment for the Masters of Education in Marriage and Family at the Pope John Paul II Institute.
Interested parties may contact the John Paul II National Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Bacolod City at telephone numbers (034) 4348396 or (034) 4322877, or email email@example.com. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas /CBCPNews)