[Blueboard] MA Thesis Defense of Fr. ANGELO PAOLO O. ASPRER, S.S.P. (Philippines) on September 28, 2017

Theology and Ministry Program [LS] theomin.soh at ateneo.edu
Mon Sep 25 13:49:07 +08 2017

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The Theology and Ministry Program of the School of Humanities invites you
to the oral defense of the MA Thesis entitled "Points of Convergence
Between the Vision of John Paul II and the Society of Saint Paul on Social
Communication at the Service of Integral Evangelization" by Fr. Angelo
Paolo O. Asprer, S.S.P. on September 28, 2017 (Thursday), 9:30 am, at the
Tipanan ni San Ignacio, Second Floor, Loyola School of Theology.  The Board
of Examiners is composed of Sr. Bernardita Dianzon, F.S.P., S.T.D., Ph.D.
(Principal Examiner), Fr. Jose Mario Francisco, S.J., Ph.D., and Fr.
Fernando Preckler-Guillen, Sch.P., S.T.D. The MA Thesis Adviser is Fr.
James Kroeger, M.M., D.Miss.  The defense is being held in partial
fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Arts in
Theological Studies with field of specialization in Systematic and
Sacramental Theology.  It is open to the public.

*Abstract:  History remembers Saint John Paul II as one of the most
compelling evangelizer-communicators in contemporary times. The Pontiff’s
mediagenic personality and effective utilization of communications media
for evangelization, however, did not supersede his theological-pastoral
vision. The Pontiff introduced a “paradigm shift” by calling for the
Church’s integral-personalist approach that goes beyond the
functional-instrumentalist outlook dominant in secular communications.
Communication is no longer simply understood as means or method, but a
mindset or mentality of evangelization, and a milieu that needs
evangelization (cf. Redemptoris Missio, n. 37c). The Pontiff’s prophetic
“media humanism,” then, calls not only for the professional utilization of
the modern techniques and technologies of communication, but more
importantly, for the re-alignment of the media culture with Christian
values so that it may better serve peoples and societies.*

*The same passion for the Renewed Integral
Evangelization in and with social communication underlies the foundational
vision of the Society of Saint Paul (and of the whole Pauline Family).
Paulines strain forward “to be Saint Paul alive today” in “creative
fidelity” to the charism of Blessed James Alberione, Founder of the Pauline
Family, and to the Magisterium and pastoral guidance of the Pope with their
fourth religious vow (cf. Constitutions and Directory of the Society of
Saint Paul, n. 47). Consequently, Paulines deepen their missionary fervor
as they integrate more profoundly the teachings of John Paul II who was the
Pope at the advent of the Digital Age and who spoke and wrote most about
the crucial mission of humanization of the “new culture” of communication
through Jesus Christ.Thus, the fundamental question that the thesis seeks
to answer is: What elements of Saint John Paul II’s theological-pastoral
vision of social communication converge with the charismatic-apostolic
vision of the Society of Saint Paul to serve integral evangelization? Both
John Paul II and the Paulines believe that the Great Commission of all
Christians today is to give witness, and in so doing, proclaim the “entire”
Christ; to create spaces for connection and communion, and in so doing,
communicate profoundly; and to discern how to live well in the Digital Age,
while in the spirit of stewardship, mastering the use of the latest tools
and means of communication for evangelization. *


Theology and Ministry Program <http://www.ateneo.edu/ls/soh/tmp>
School of Humanities, Loyola Schools
Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights,
1108 Quezon City
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Journal of Loyola School of Theology and the Theology and Ministry Program
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