John Paul II Institute offers summer courses on marriage, family

BACOLOD City, March 5, 2013—The Pope John Paul II National Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family (PJPII) in Bacolod City, a learning and formation center that provides programs on marriage, family and life according to teachings of the Church, is now offering a Masters of Education in Marriage and Family which will entail four weeks of studies for four consecutive summers.

Launched on April 16, 2012, the program is now open to continuing and new students.

Students who have enrolled in the maiden course last summer came from as far as the diocese of Laoag in Northern Luzon.

Fr. Ronald Quijano, the Academic Dean of the Institute, during the Western Visayas Romblon Family Life Summit held in Iloilo City last February 25-27, recalled that Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, in his 2011 address to the Pontifical Council for the Family, emphasized that “the New Evangelization is inseparable from the Christian family”.

The summer course is designed considering that many professionals who are already involved in the family and life ministry of their respective dioceses or parishes need further training to face the challenges of the New Evangelization.

For the summer of 2013, the course will run from April 8 until April 27.

The subject for April 8 to April 13 is “Bio-Ethics and Ethics and the Foundation of Moral Christian Life” to be taught by Fr. Joey Gonzaga, S.Th.D. From April 15 to April 20 “Foundations of Education” will be given by Dr. Maria Teresa Causing, Ed.D. On April 22 to April 27 Mrs. Lovella Divinagracia will teach the course on Statistics.

Students enrolling for the summer course will have the chance to study with no charges for tuition or board and lodging while enrolled in Bacolod. Only P5,000 for miscellaneous, and P300 for entrance examinations for new students,  are needed for enrolment for the Masters of Education in Marriage and Family at the Pope John Paul II National Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family.

Graduates of the summer courses on Masters of Education in Marriage and Family will receive a degree from the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod that would qualify them to teach or be employed in all types of institutions, either civil or ecclesiastical.

Interested parties may get in touch with the John Paul II National Institute at telephone numbers   (034) 4348396 or (034) 4322877, or email jpnatin@yahoo.com.

A meeting and interview with prospective summer 2013 enrolees is slated on April 5 at the University of St. La Salle Graduate School. Msgr. Victorino Rivas, Director of the Institute, at the Centro Giovanni Paolo II in Bacolod City will give an orientation on April 7 at 6 p.m. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas)

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