St. Joseph Freinademetz Communication Center, Inc.

List of Graduates and their Works

1. Prasetijo, Boedi (MAT-SPC, October 2003)
Communicating Christ through Storytelling in Javanese Culture.
This study looks at seven (7) ways of storytelling in Javanese culture – (1) folk narratives, (2) romances, (3) tembangs or poetry and songs, (4) comics, paintings and images, (5) rituals and dances, (6) dramas or wayang, ketroprak and ludruk, (7) ketrung or storytelling. Based on content and presentation of these arts forms, it then draws parallels with Christian themes and the teachings of Jesus Christ. The focus is on the storyteller or dalang and how he can be a Christ-figure. Using a narrative theology perspective based on Navone’s books, the study attempts to propose measures how the dalang can be an effective pastoral communicator and meaningfully share the Christian message to Javanese people.

2. Prado, Giopre (MAT-SPC/STL, March 2004)
Towards a Social Communication Ministry in the Pastoral Program of the Diocese of Kalibo, Philippines: Needs and Possibilities.
This thesis aims to present a possible integration of social communication in the pastoral ministry of the Diocese of Kalibo. The proposal for a social communication ministry is based on the local situation assessed through interviews and local documentation. The recommendations are based on Church teachings, which include setting up a diocesan commission on media to facilitate related activities in the diocese. Overall, the study provides basic information on social communication and its importance for ministry in the diocese. A methodology is also provided for contextualizing communication theology to the local setup of the diocese.

3. Bolanos, Mary Erika N. (MAT-SPC, September 2007)
Evangelizing Communication in Two Speeches of the Acts of the Apostles.
The study provides a descriptive analysis of “evangelizing communication” in two speeches found in the Acts of the Apostles: Peter’s Pentecost speech (Acts 2:14-42), and Paul’s persuasive discourse in Athens’ Areopagus (Acts 17:16-21). The aim is to see how evangelization is communication, and how these two events are actually events of evangelization. The in-depth study of the two speeches provides a guide for drawing strategies for pastoral, missionary and evangelizing communication which can already be gleaned from the very first writings of the earliest Christian community. The researcher concludes that communication is a central activity of the Church, and is integral to other ministries e.g. Sacraments, social work, and others.

4. Gomes, Rita Ratna (MAT-SPC, October 2007)
Evangelizing Communication in the Mission of SMRA (Associates of Mary, Queen of the Apostles) Sisters in Bangladesh.
This study was designed to determine if evangelizing communication can be an effective ways of transmitting the Good News at the heart of people in the mission of the SMRA Congregation in Bangladesh. Historical research and library method were employed in this study. A survey was also conducted to 48 members of SMRA Congregation who are directly involved in different apostolates. Their response to the questionnaire contributed as the source of current information. The researcher concludes that evangelizing communication is a significant need of the time for preaching Good news in a new way and it is imperative that the SMRA Sisters should be credible communicators, touching people’s hearts of people in order to transform them and bring them near to God.

5. Paglinawan, Enrico Julian (MAT-SPC/STL, January 2008)
Developing a Pastoral Plan for Social Communication in the Archdiocese of Caceres, Philippines Based on Church Documents.
This thesis describes the current state of the social communication ministry in Caceres archdiocese, exploring the demands on said ministry based on the local needs of people. It shows the importance of social/pastoral communication and attempts to connect Fundamental Theology and Practical Theology. In the end, the thesis presents a systematic plan for the archdiocese involving five levels of communication: (1) interpersonal communication in the family ministry, (2) traditional means covering religious practices, (3) group communication for catechetics, youth and Bible ministries, (4) media communication, and (5) developmental communication. Relevant Church’s teachings were used as basis for developing the plan’s framework.

6. Regencia OP, Rosalie P. (MAT-SPC, October 2008)
The Role of Social Communication in Campus Ministry in Selected Catholic High Schools in the Diocese of Malolos.
The study describes the role of social communication in campus ministry in selected Catholic high schools in the diocese. The results shows that most respondents – administrators, campus ministers, media professionals and teachers – working in campus ministry were found lacking in certain competencies as well as knowledge regarding “social communication.” The study recommends measures seeking skills advancement and formation so that social communicators could truly serve the people around them, just like Jesus Christ the Perfect Communicator.

7. Clemente, Maria Carmelita M. (MAT-SPC, November 2008)
The Need for Media Education for Communication Formation in the Programs of the Institute of Religion.
This research is an attempt to integrate Media Education and Communication Formation in the curricula of the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in Manila. In order to arrive at a more in-depth study of the Church’s teaching on media education and communication formation, Church documents were analyzed. Combined with interviews with faculty and theology professors, the overall situation of the Institute in terms of media education and communication formation was determined and from there, relevant proposals were made.

8. Van LHC, Nguyen Phuoc (MAT-SPC, March 2009)
Communication in Vietnamese Family as a Challenge for the Church: A Pastoral Communication Approach.
This study examines the Church’s role in family ministry using pastoral communication perspectives. Communication theology was used as the basis for drawing a model of pastoral care for Catholic families. The study also includes an expose of the political, economic, communication and religious realities in Vinh Long diocese. The results show that a “pastoral communication approach” is essential and can be the basis for adaptive strategies for effective pastoral care of Catholic families in the diocese.

9. Alindayu OCarm, Arnulfo (MAT-SPC, August 2009)
A Descriptive Study of the Communication Spirituality of Sinakulistas in Pio del Pilar, Makati City (Philippines).
Based on the works of Kees Waaijman, Franz-Josef Eilers, Victor Turner, Pierre Bourdiue, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Jose De Mesa in describing communication spirituality, this study espouses an interdisciplinary approach and utilizes a concept which is ‘construed along the line of phenomenological-dialogical modus operandi.’ This method comes in three stages: (1) tracing the path how this phenomenon evolved, (2) the context in which this phenomenon is situated, and (3) the Divine-human integration taking shape within this phenomenon. In the first and second stages, this research collaborates with historical and sociological disciplines. In the third stage, Divine-human integration is drawn from the deep and personal experience of performance. The researcher concludes that Sinakulo (dramatization of the Passion of Jesus) is a space for spiritual transformation where performers share their spiritual experience with the community and generate persistent practices that sustain a durable and transportable way of being. Spirituality in performing the ritual is a concrete manifestation of a dynamic Divine-human relational process of transformation. Thus, transformation becomes the defining factor in this research.

10. D’Costa CSC, Anol Terence (MAT-SPC/STL, January 2010)
A Communication Program for the Parochial Ministry of the Congregation of Holy Cross in Bangladesh: Needs and Possibilities.
The study focuses on pastoral communication in parochial ministry initiated from “within” the Church and directed towards the pastoral care, shepherding, building up, maintaining and deepening of faith. Qualitative method is used including historical and theological library methods as well as survey questionnaire to provide a basis for a pastoral communication plan for the Holy Cross congregation. The pastoral communication plan aims to transform lives (Paolo Freire’s conscientization) through faith sharing, preaching of the Word, celebration of the Sacraments, social services, education and formation. A two-scheme approach was taken to apply pastoral communication into (1) the FABC’s four (4) considerations for “a new way of being Church,” and (2) integrating formation in communication for the development of pastors and pastoral workers.

11. Shen, Mi (MAT-SPC/STL, February 2010)
Integrating Pastoral Communication in the Priestly Formation in China Today.
This study explores the communication consequences and challenges in priestly formation faced by the Catholic Church in China today. It provides a glimpse of the current status of formation in seminaries in China including the so-called “underground” Church. Three major seminaries were used as case study: Hebei Catholic Seminary, Shanghai She Shan Major Seminary and Beijing National Seminary. Three levels of formation in pastoral communication were proposed according to the Holy See’s Guide for the Training of Future Priests: (1) basic introduction including communication elements and dimensions of Chinese culture, (2) media utilization for pastoral ministry, and (3) specialist training for talented seminarians. Networking with bishops and cooperation with families, the Catholic media and seminary communities are also important to integrate pastoral communication in seminary formation.

12. Nguyen, Quang Thap (MAT-SPC, February 2010)
The Social Communication Program for the Ministry of Thai Binh Diocese (Vietnam): Needs and Possibilities.
This study looks at the condition of Thai Binh diocese in relation to communication and suggests ways to enhance pastoral ministry. Consisting of Thai Binh and Hung Yen provinces, Thai Binh diocese is located in northern Vietnam. Out of its total population of 2.95 million, 120,000 or only 4 percent are Catholics. Amid challenges in the political, socio-economic and educational spheres, the diocese accomplishes it mission by putting the means of social communication – press, film and broadcasting – at its service. An analysis of the current patterns of media usage, however, reveal that the local church still needs to maximize multimedia (including new media) use to better care for the flock especially the youth. The thesis proposes a thorough study of the diocese’s vision-mission statement and implementing guidelines vis-à-vis the language and ways of the “multimedia” culture.

13. Tuan-Hai, Joseph Nguyen (MAT-SPC, March 2010)
The Internet for an Effective Pastoral Communication Ministry in the Diocese of My-Tho, Vietnam.
This study explores the proper use of Internet technology for effective pastoral communication ministry in the Diocese of My-Tho in Vietnam. It seeks to apply the teachings of the Catholic Church on pastoral communication in the use of the Internet for a renewed evangelization in the diocese. Along with that, the study analyzes the challenges the diocese must face in the use of Internet including family and youth concerns. It also explores the level of reception of the diocesan website <www.giaophanmytho.net> designed by the researcher and uploaded since 2004.

14. Theeraphong, John Nawaen (MAT-SPC, July 2010)
The Possibilities of Thare-Nongseng Christian Community Radio Thailand for Evangelization: A Pastoral Exposition.
This study explores the effectiveness and potential of radio as an instrument for pastoral and evangelizing communication. The Community Radio Service of Thare-Nonseng diocese is a case in point. Owned by the local church in Thailand, the radio station undertakes community development, as well as education, livelihood and spiritual formation in its programming. The study also evaluates listenership and the impact of the station on people’s lives, including non-Christians who make up a majority the diocese’s and Thailand’s population.

15. Myint, Gabriel Htun (MAT-SPC/STL, January 2011)
Towards Renewed Pastoral Communication Strategies for Radio Veritas Asia and The Catholic Church in Myanmar.
This study explores how the Church in Myanmar can arrive at a renewed and sustainable social and pastoral communication strategy considering the possible political changes and the rapid communication development especially in view of the role of RVA broadcasts in Myanmar languages. Examining the impact of said broadcasts on listeners, the researcher discovered that by utilizing the interactive programs aired from Manila (Philippines), the continental radio station can play prophetic roles that promote dialogue, national reconciliation and communion. To achieve this fully, cooperation and collaboration within the local church is essential to back up the efforts of RVA. Follow up activities on the local level also need to be launched.

16. Nengminja, Fidelis (MAT-SPC/STL, January 2011)
Basic Elements for a Pastoral Communication Program of the Diocese of Mymensingh, Bangladesh.
This study focuses on pastoral and evangelizing communication in ministry that is initiated from “within” the local church and directed towards caring, shepherding, building up, maintaining and deepening of faith of her flock. The researcher applies qualitative research methods to draw up a five-year Pastoral Communication Plan according to the needs and possibilities of Mymensingh diocese located in north-eastern Bangladesh along the Indian border. After analyzing existing programs and resources in the diocese, he proposes a review of the existing communication plan to include digital communications. He also proposes an update/grade of communication structures in the 13 parishes of the diocese. Aside from communication formation programs as well as refresher courses for pastoral workers, the researcher also proposes to draw a team that will organize, plan, evaluate, fund-raise, monitor and coordinate the communication plan.

17. Esguerra, Christian (MAT-SPC, February 2011)
Journalism Ethics in Pastoral Communication Perspective: The Case of the Philippine Press.
The thesis confronts the idea that Christian ethics is best left to religion, while secular ethics best serves journalism in general. On the contrary, journalism ethics can be seen with greater clarity under the perspective of pastoral communication. The study argues that journalism ethics, especially in predominantly Catholic countries like the Philippines, should be seen, taught, and practiced in the light of Christian ethics.  It must be founded on the cardinal virtues, from which flows the “protonorms of communication ethics.” In the end, journalist will realize that their roles go beyond fame and recognition or the politics and commercial considerations of their profession. They are essentially pastoral communicators who radiate the Christian values and serve as instruments towards the greater unity and brotherhood of man.

18. Fausto OP, Elisa (MAT-SPC, February 2011)
The Impact of Internet and Cellular Phone on the Spiritual Formation of Religious Sisters in the Diocese of Malolos.
Religious sisters use Internet and cellular phone, unaware at times of the impact of this modern technology on their lifestyle (and vocation). This study explores this reality and aims to develop an awareness of possibilities in the use of Internet and cellular phones for effective ministry.  The study investigates the actual use, impact and possibilities of Internet and cellular phone in the spiritual formation as well as ministry of the Religious Sisters in the Diocese of Malolos. The respondents are members of thirteen (13) Religious Congregations totaling two hundred-five (205) religious sisters.  Results show that Internet and cellphone use occasionally deter the sisters’ prayer life, community life, and ministry. The sisters, however, still think that both technologies are effective means to communicate the Gospel, especially to young people. But above all means of communicating, the researcher asserts that witness of life stays central and most effective. An ongoing communication formation program for religious sisters themselves is proposed.

19. Ta, Anh Vu (MAT-SPC, January 2011)
Communication Theology: Theological Foundations of Communication for Ministry.
This study explores Communication as a fundamental factor of human life. Human beings use communication to protect, maintain and develop the human person and society. They constantly discover and improve communication means and ways with the power of human creativity. Nowadays, modern technologies accelerate the rapid development in social communication. The world seems to become smaller. People are tied together. Modern communications support human beings in organizing, education, developing human personality, and other aspects of human life. Communication theology tries to reflect the nature of communication and its consequences based on the Christian teaching and faith: The Christian God is in himself communication and communion. He communicates himself to human beings and makes them able to communicate. The high point of God’s self-communication occurs in and through Jesus Christ. Christ’s communication and self-communication of the Holy Spirit give the Church a “new communicative culture” so that she is able to live and communicate the messages of God to human beings.

20. Kim Soo-Jin SCG, Helia (MAT-SPC, March 2012)
Uses and Gratifications of the Religious Websites: A Case Study of the Website of the Congregation of the Caritas Sisters of Jesus in South Korea.
The main objective in assessing the website of the Congregation of the Caritas Sisters of Jesus in South Korea, based on the Uses and Gratifications approach, attempts to identify the needs and desires of religious surfers. These surfers not only look for religious information but also cultural and spiritual (sometimes, entertaining) content that are positive, uplifting and relieving. The expectancy-value of religious surfers and user-generated environment in Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 will enable the Church and the Religious Orders to fulfill their missionary and pastoral mandate for E-vangelism in this new digital world and social networks.

21. Quijada OP, Myrna (MAT-SPC, March 2012)
The Pastoral Communication Dimension in Vocation Promotion for Religious Congregations in Mindanao.
Vocation Promotion and Pastoral Communication are one and the same. They involve both personal and communal commitment to take care of one’s chosen (vocation) response to the call of Jesus. Both call for a witness of life in prayer, community, study and ministry. Both are mission that must be done beyond the integration of traditional and modern means communication in journeying with the young where ever they are. The output of this research provides insight into one’s consecration and obligation to promote vocation and pastoral communication. The accompanying responsibilities mean that they should follow Jesus’ way of reaching out to others, journeying with and ultimately leading them to the right choice of vocation, and communion with God.

22. Destura, Jose Jr. S. (MAT-SPC, March 2012)
The Role of Pastoral Communication for the Corporate Image of De La Salle Health Sciences Institute (DLSHSI), Philippines.
Like any Catholic educational institution, DLSHSI is directly related to the Church by reason of its mission. Results of this study reveal that although the corporate organization intends to be serious, professional and customer friendly according to Christian principles and of St. John Baptist de la Salle, it is over-structured. This makes internal communication difficult, jeopardizing the unique and consolidated communication of its corporate image. The faith dimension as raison d’tre is not fully reflected in the pastoral care for patients and students. The Lasallian guiding principles, the magna carta for all DLSHSI educators and collaborators, remain partly unknown to them. The institute relies heavily on the “La Salle Brand” in advertising and public communications, but the supposed corporate image is not reflected to both internal and external publics.

23. Nguyen Huu Chau, Joseph (MAT-SPC, October 2011)
Communication and Youth: An Investigation into the Pastoral Challenges in Xuan Loc Diocese of Vietnam – A Pastoral Approach. (abstract not available)