11th NCCRE at De La Salle Manila

The 11th National Conference in Catechesis and Religious Education was held at De La Salle University-Manila last June 23-24, 2023, with the theme, “Greening the Faith: Challenges to Religious Education”. This is the first hybrid conference after years of holding it online due to the pandemic. This conference was initiated by the De La Salle University Department of Theology and Religious Education with the Religious Educators Association of the Philippines. It was attended by religious educators, theologians, and catechists from different institutions. This conference invites everyone to discern and reflect on Religious Education’s role and engagement in the ongoing discussions on ecology and environment.

The first day of the conference was held at the DLSU Yuchengco Seminar Rooms 507-508 where four plenary speakers gave their lectures.

First Plenary Speaker – Rev. Fr. Reynaldo Raluto, PhD – 

Second Plenary Speaker – Prof. Dr. Jeramie N. Molino

Third Plenary Speaker – Prof. Dr. Stefan Altmeyer

Fourth Plenary Speaker – Prof. Dr. Jean C. Peracullo

The second day of the conference was held pure online via Zoom Meeting. The first part of the parallel sessions was held in the morning.

The REAP General Assembly was held at 10:30AM after the first part of the parallel sessions. Meanwhile, in the afternoon, the 2nd part of the parallel sessions was held. The ten-point agenda of REAP, accomplishments for the past year, and upcoming events were discussed by REAP President, Dr. Arvin Eballo. 

The celebration of the Holy Eucharist was celebrated online before giving the final announcements and the closing remarks by Dr. Lysander Rivera, the Chair of DTRE.

The next host for the 12th National Conference in Catechesis and Religious Education is St. La Salle University, Bacolod, and will be held in June 2024. See you!

Parallel Paper Presentations

 MORNING – JUNE 24, 2023 | Saturday | 8:50-10:30 AM  
Parallel Session 1: Religious Education and the Environment

Religious Education and the Environment: Exploring the Role of Religious Education in Fostering Environmental Awareness and Sustainability among the Catholic Students in Cebu City, Philippines
Presenter: Dr. Peb H. Villacrucis

Marist Stewardship: Religious Education and Responding to the Voice of Creation
Presenter: Mr. Jezreel Mark Raymundo

Being Lasallian: Faithfulness to the Original Design of God
Presenter: Ms. Ruth Hilario  
Parallel Session 2: Church and the Environmental Crises

The Church as a Sacramental Community in the Anthropocene: Perspectives from the Social Encyclicals
Presenter: Mr. Jose Ruben A. Garcia

On the Attitude of Ubos-Biyaya: A Correlational Elucidation on the Negative Effects of Capitalism and the Church’s Response
Presenter: Mr. Jonathan James O. Canete

Care for the Environment in the Era of Disinformation: Exploring Strategies and Lessons from Fratelli Tutti
Presenter: Mr. James B. Laxa
 Parallel Session 3: Religious Education Curriculum and the Environment

Religious Education in a General Education Communication Curriculum at a Secular University in the Philippines
Presenter: Mr. Eric Joyce DC. Grande
Ecological Education: An Approach of an Aeta Community School
Presenter: Mr. Nicko C. Fernandez

Climate-Sensitive Religious Education Curriculum in the Unified Schools of the Archdiocese of Lipa (USAL)
Presenter: Mr. Renniel Jayson Jacinto Rosales
Parallel Session 4: Religious Education and Eco-Spiritualities 
The Appreciation of Religious Education and Eco-spirituality among La Salle University Undergraduate Students
Presenter: Mr. Lemuel A. Asuncion
Earth Rights in Religious Education: An Emerging Eco-Missiological Mandate
Presenters: Mr. Joenel Buencibello and Mr. Paulo Antonio L. Aton
(Re)Discovering the Sacredness of Mount Pulag: A Post-COVID-19 Pandemic Eco-Spiritual Grounding
Presenter: Dr. Rico C. Jacoba
Salat, Sapat, Sobra: Wika at Kulturang Pilipino bilang Batis ng Pagdadalumat tungo sa Isang Pilipinong Teolohiya ng Pangangalagang Pangkalikasan
Presenter: Mr. Mark Joseph P. Santos


AFTERNOON – JUNE 24, 2023 | Saturday | 12:55-2:35 PM
Parallel Session 1: Gender, Culture, Ecology, and Religious Education

Women Educators in Paracelis, Mt. Province as Managers of Indigenous Knowledge on Care for Creation
Presenter: Mr. Eric Joyce DC. Grande
Ikaw at Eco
Presenter: Mr. Romnick I. David

Lumugar Ka, May Paglalagyan Ka: Interrogating a Sense of Place amid Environmental Displacement
Presenter: Mr. Ronel P. dela Cruz
Parallel Session 2: Prospects for Religious Education Engagements in the Climate Emergency

Pentecostals, Civic Education, and Eco-Integrated Farming: The Case of Four Eco-Farming Institutions in Northern Luzon, Philippines
Presenter: Dr. Joel Agpalo Tejedo
Ekyumenikal na Pagkilos ng mga Taong Simbahan at Saysay ng Basic Ecclesial Community
Laban sa Bataan Powerplant noong panahon ng Diktaduryang Marcos (1972-1986)
Presenter: Mr. John Kurt R. Tañada
#NoToKaliwaDam: The Church in Solidarity with the Dumagat-Remontados
Presenter: Mr. Jed Martin Z. Tingson
Co-author: Dr. Agnes M. Brazal
Common Good vs Exclusive Progress: The Cry of Kaliwa and its Impending Destruction
Presenter: Mr. Joseph Albert Reyes
Parallel Session 3: Concept and Practice of Care for Creation

Concept and Practice of Care for Creation
Presenter: Fr. Charles Moises Barrientos, OP
Reviewing Environmental Stewardship as ‘Pamagmasabal’ in Kapampangan: Analyzing the Need for Cultural Context
Presenter: Mr. Bonnadelbert A. Antonio
Co-author: Dr. Rito V. Baring
Pamagmasabal: Environmental Stewardship Framework for Pampanga Presenter: Mr. Bonnadelbert A. Antonio
Decolonizing Christian Environmentalism
Presenter: Mr. Andylyn M. Simeon
Parallel Session 4: Laudato Si and its Implications for Religious Education

Developing a Culture of Care: Ecological Education According to Laudato Si
Presenter: Ms. Patricia Joy Mobilla
Laudato Si’s ‘Contemplative Act’ and McGilchristian Neuroscience
Presenter: Mr. Alvenio G. Mozol, Jr.
The Catholic Church’s Responses to the Cry of the Poor amid the Environmental Crisis in the Light of Laudato Si
Presenter: Sr. Nguyen Thi Thuy Hang
God is Green: Exploring the Biblical Basis for Environmental Protection
Presenter: Dr. Jose Eric M. Lacsa


You are invited to the 12th National Conference on Catechesis and Religious Education (NCCRE)
Theme: Research in Religious Education and Theology: Issues, Trends, and Developments
June 21 to 22, 2024
University of Saint La Salle, Bacolod, Negros Occidental

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