News and Updates: April 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Imelda Lam, May 2015 graduate, discusses her dissertation on Confucianism and Catholic Religious Education

I am Imelda Lam. I am a curriculum officer working at the Ministry of Education of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong. I work with a team that writes teaching and learning materials on religious education for teachers and students of Catholic schools in Hong Kong.

The topic of my dissertation is Catholic Religious Education and Confucianism: Some Implications for Interreligious Education in Hong Kong. This research highlighted the complementarity of Catholic Religious Education and Confucianism. It led me to explore the culture and the belief of people in the West and in the East, and took me to examine this complementary notion with an example found and implications inspired from a new curriculum that undertaking in Catholic schools in Hong Kong.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

PhD Graduate - May 2015 William Mascitello - Theotic Religious Education

As Graduation approaches we want to introduce you to some of our recent doctoral graduates and their research.  Congratulations to the 14 new Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Philosophy students who have graduated this year!

William Joseph Mascitello
My B.A. is in Management and Industrial Relations is from Seton Hall University. My M.A. in Systematic Theology is from Notre Dame. I have been a religious educator in various parishes and institutions in the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey for the past twenty-five years. Currently, I am in my fourteenth year as Pastoral Associate at St. Mary’s in Dumont and I am an adjunct at Felician College in Lodi.
My Dissertation:  Theotic Religious Education

In the fifty years since the Second Vatican Council, Roman Catholic catechetical efforts have tended to move from emphasis on linear-rational approaches. I advocate for the re-emphasis of relational dimensions and other preter-rational elements which come together toward a more holistic approach to religious education. Renewed efforts would have theosis or divinization as orienting principle, a theme espoused by the Byzantine Christian East which is lifelong and centers on the transformation of individuals as they strive for the restoration of all the relationships in which they find themselves— those with self, others, the whole created order, and ultimately with the triune God.