UST researchers given grant for study on Catholic Christianity in the Philippines

Researchers from the University’s Center for Theology, Religious Studies, and Ethics (CTRSE) and the Research Center for Social Sciences and Education (RCSSED) have recently secured a two-year research grant from an international non-governmental organization. Their project, titled “Assessing the Current Landscape of Catholic Christianity in the Philippines: Towards Synodality,” aims to provide an overview of the state of Catholic Christianity in the country, focusing on communion, participation, and mission, while acknowledging both its positive and negative facets.

The research team presented their project to Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio S. David, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, and Mr. Charles Bertille, the representative of the funding organization, during a meeting at the Frassati Building on February 14, 2024.

Leading the project are Prof. Pablito A. Baybado, PhD (CTRSE) and Prof. Florence C. Navidad, EdD (RCSSED), with Assoc. Prof. Allan A. Basas, SThD, Asst. Prof. Philip L. Fuentes, PhD, SThL, and Assoc. Prof. Marites R. Redoña, Ph.D. of CTRSE, along with Fr. Vladimir Echalas, SOLT, SThD, Head of the CBCP Research Office, serving as Research Associates. Fr. Louie R. Coronel, OP, EHL, UST Secretary General, and Prof. Joel C. Sagut, PhD, CTRSE Director, serve as consultants for the project.

Dr. Emmanuel M. Batulan from the UST Office of the Secretary-General, along with project assistants Ms. Daphne C. Santos and Ms. Rechelle M. Basco, were also present during the meeting held on February 13, 2024.

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