The Theology and Ministry Program of the School of Humanities invites you to the oral defense of the MA Thesis entitled "Ang Kagalakan ng Ebanghelyo: Pagsasalin ng Ilang Piling Kabanata ng Apostolikong Pangaral na Evangelii Gaudium ng Santo Papa Francisco" by Josephine S. Sanares on March 29, 2017 (Wednesday), 2:00 pm, at the Tipanan ni San Ignacio, Second Floor, Loyola School of Theology. The Board of Examiners is composed of Fr. Timoteo Ofrasio, S.J., S.L.D. (Principal Examiner), Fr. Jose Mario Francisco, S.J., Ph.D., and Fr. Manuel Francisco, S.J., S.T.D. The MA Thesis Adviser is Sr. Bernardita Dianzon, F.S.P., S.T.D., Ph.D. 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 Biblical Theology. It is open to the public.
Abstract: Pope Francis’ first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) is an invitation to the Bishops, Consecrated Persons, and the Lay Faithful to rediscover the joy that comes from encountering Jesus in the Gospel. He encourages us to “embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy”. The Pope’s documents are invaluable tools in guiding the Catholic Faithful in their understanding of the Church’s teachings regarding our faith and moral obligations, most especially in their missionary task of evangelization. Today there are insurmountable challenges faced by the world and its pastoral workers which the Holy Father addresses extensively. Unfortunately, there are very few people who endeavor to translate these documents into Filipino, resulting in a lack of awareness and comprehension among Filipinos of the Pope’s comforting messages and important instructions. This thesis is a translation of a portion of his work from English to Filipino, aimed specifically to aid the catechists of Imus, Cavite, in their work of evangelization and spreading the joy of the Gospel in their respective parishes, barangays, and public schools for “on the lips of the catechist the first proclamation must ring out over and over: Jesus Christ loves you; he gave his life to save you; and now he is living at your side everyday to enlighten, strengthen and free you”. [EG 164]