Don Bosco Center of Studies' Benedict XVII Library building

Purpose and Focus

The DBCS Research Development & Communications Office (RDCO) serves as a think tank that initiates, develops, manages and disseminates pastoral-theological research, especially in view of the challenges of the new evangelization for youth ministers and educators in the faith. As the research unit, the office serves as a conduit that primarily promotes a research culture in the academic community and provides professors with pastoral directions, with the aim of producing scholarly research work for publication and/or dissemination through symposia, lectures, and other events that are meant to benefit the Church and society in the Philippines as a whole. Moved by Salesian spirituality and its bias for the young, the office, which is a joint project of the Provincial Office of the Salesian Philippine North Province (FIN) and DBCS, will also work with the FIN Province, especially the Commission on Youth Ministry (CYM), to synergize research and development efforts and initiatives. It is also open to networking with other similar institutions dedicated to the young.

Don Bosco Center of Studies' Benedict XVII Library building

Don Bosco Center of Studies’ Benedict XVII Library building

Main Tasks

  • Identifies and develops pastoral-theological research topics in cooperation with the academic community;
  • Involves professors (and other experts) in contextual research; and
  • Promotes and disseminates research results through (1) online and print publications, including this website, and especially Lantayan, the Center’s pastoral-theological journal, and the DBCS Monograph Series; (2) the database of abstracts of theses and doctoral dissertations made by the Center’s graduates and professors; (3) events, especially the Center’s annual Theological-Pastoral Symposium, lecture series and workshops; and (4) community extension, pilot-testing of research results among beneficiaries.

Support Services

  • Creates and maintains a database of articles pertaining to new evangelization and the young to keep track of trends and developments, and as resource material;
  • Networks with institutions, organizations, agencies, communities, and persons for the purpose of exchanging information, or conducting joint research where possible; and
  • Conducts research advocacy within the Center.

Staff

Research Development & Communications Office

The Office is directly under the DBCS President and is composed of the following:

Fr. Vicente Cervania, SDB, SThL

Fr. Vicente Cervania, SDB, SThL

Research Director

Fr. Cervania completed his Licentiate in Sacred Theology, specializing in Pastoral Catechetics, in the Universita Pontificia Salesiana, Rome, Italy in 1980. Currently, he is also the Director of Catechetics and resident professor.

The Research Director oversees and manages the projects of the office, ensuring that research priorities and policies for the academic year are met; promoting pastoral directions for professors and other researchers and facilitating the completion of research projects; advocating a research culture and mentality in the institution; establishing and cultivating relationships with other institutions for the exchange of information and resources; and initiating activities to disseminate research results.

Fr. Francis Gustilo, SDB, SThD

Fr. Francis Gustilo, SDB, SThD

Lantayan Editor & Head of Publications

Fr. Gustilo completed his Doctorate in Sacred Theology, specializing in Salesian Spirituality, in the Universita Pontificia Salesiana, Rome, Italy in 1989. A former Provincial Superior of the Philippine North Province of St. John Bosco (FIN), he also served as a member of the International Theological Commission (ITC) for its eighth quinquennium (2009-2014). Currently, he is also the Vice-Dean of the Institute of Salesian Studies and Spirituality, and resident professor.

The Lantayan Editor & Head of Publications initiates and oversees production of the Center of Studies’ pastoral-theological journal, as well as other publications, including the DBCS Monograph Series.

Maria Divina Solano, MRS, MATh

Maria Divina Solano, MRS, MATh

Research Coordinator & Consultant

MD Solano is a graduate of Don Bosco Center of Studies where she completed her Master’s in Religious Studies, major in Catechetics, and Master of Arts in Theology, major in Sacred Scripture, in 2010 and 2013, respectively. She is also Editorial Consultant of Lantayan and guest professor.

The Research Coordinator monitors the progress and development of research projects from initiation to completion; maintains the RDCO Database; and assists the Director in the following functions: data-gathering and analysis to determine pastoral directions for the office; designing of research standards and policies; organization of events and activities; and other necessary tasks.

Research Cluster Heads

The Research Cluster Head is the project manager of a particular area of focus under the New Evangelization who initiates, directs, and oversees research efforts with the cooperation of other professors, experts, and student research assistants.

Fr. Martin Macasaet, SDB, SThD

Fr. Martin Macasaet, SDB, SThD

Youth

Fr. Macasaet completed his Doctorate in Sacred Theology, specializing in Youth Ministry and Catechetics, in the Universita Pontificia Salesiana, Rome, Italy in 2000. He is also the Vice-Dean of the Institute of Catechetics and Youth Ministry and resident professor.

Fr. Francis Gustilo, SDB, SThD

Fr. Francis Gustilo, SDB, SThD

Family

Fr. Gustilo completed his Doctorate in Sacred Theology, specializing in Salesian Spirituality, in the Universita Pontificia Salesiana, Rome, Italy in 1989. A former Provincial Superior of the Philippine North Province of St. John Bosco (FIN), he also served as a member of the International Theological Commission (ITC) for its eighth quinquennium (2009-2014). Currently, he is also the Vice-Dean of the Institute of Salesian Studies and Spirituality, and resident professor.

Fr. Rafael Dela Cruz, SDB, SThD

Fr. Rafael Dela Cruz, SDB, SThD

Culture

Fr. Dela Cruz completed his Doctorate in Sacred Theology, specializing in Systematic Theology, in the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, California in 2011. Currently, he is also the President, Dean of Studies, and resident professor.

Contacting the Research Development & Communications Office

Don Bosco Center of Studies
Michael Rua St. corner Israel St.
Better Living Subdivision
1711 Paranaque City Philippines

Trunklines: (+632) 8239483, 8233290, 8246787
Fax: (+632) 8223613
Email: research@dbcs.edu.ph

Photos of Salesian priests courtesy of Don Bosco Press Inc. Multimedia Services.

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