St. Joseph Freinademetz Communication Center, Inc.

History

At the turn of the millennium, the FABC Offices of Social Communication (OSC) and Education and Student Chaplaincy (OESC) jointly explored the possibilities for such a program and prepared it for the University of Santo Tomas, where OESC was then housed. The university agreed to open in their Graduate School an MA Theology program for Social/ Pastoral Communication which could be followed by doctoral studies. The program, designed by the FABC Office of Social Communication, began in the school year 2001/2002. Asian bishops expressed appreciation for the program and soon came a growing number of students – priests, religious sisters and lay people –from all over Asia.

In 2008, the program was linked with the Faculty of Sacred Theology of the university offering students with a Bachelor’s in Theology degree (BTh) or equivalent, the possibility of a Roman Licentiate (LTh) together with the MAT-SPC degree in the Graduate School. This means that qualified students write one thesis in the field of social/pastoral communication and acquires the two degrees.