St. Joseph Freinademetz Communication Center, Inc.

Master of Arts in Theology major in Social/Pastoral Communication (MAT-SPC)

 

A Primer

The Master of Arts in Theology major in Social/Pastoral Communication (MAT-SPC) grew out of a felt need by the Asian Church for proper communication formation but also a deeper search for its dimensions and challenges. The “new way of being Church” (Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences or FABC, Bandung 1990) as a communion of communities, a participatory, witnessing, dialoguing and prophetic Church can not be built without proper communication dispositions. In fact, the listed criteria for a new way of being Church have strong communication dimensions, which have to be studied and reflected in order to bring fruit. Like in the early Church where every Christian was a communicator and did share her/his faith wherever s/he went, the Church in Asia today also needs people with this quality and disposition. Over and above Vatican II’s Inter Mirifica, all important Church documents call for proper formation and training is this field (Miranda Prorsus 60, Inter Mirifica 15, Communio et Progressio 111, Aetatis Novae 18).