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.
- 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.
- 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.
The Research Development & Communications Office is directly under the DBCS President and is composed of the Research Director, Fr. Martin Macasaet, SDB; the Publications Head, Fr. Francis Gustilo, SDB; and the Research Coordinator, Maria Divina Solano. These three form the core of the Research Office.
The Research Office works closely with the Research Cluster Heads and other resident/guest professors who are actively involved in DBCS’s research endeavors .
Fr. Martin Macasaet, SDB, SThD
Research Director and Youth Research Cluster Head
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 currently a guest professor in DBCS.
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.
DBCS has three areas of focus: Youth, Family, and Culture. As Head of the Youth Research Cluster, Fr. Macasaet maintains the website’s Youth Ministry blog and leads the research efforts in youth theology, youth ministry, and youth spirituality.
Fr. Francis Gustilo, SDB, SThD
Lantayan Editor, Head of Publications and Family Research Cluster Head
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.
Fr. Rafael Dela Cruz, SDB, SThD
Culture Research Cluster Head
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.
DBCS has three areas of focus: Youth, Family, and Culture. As Head of the Culture Research Cluster, Fr. Dela Cruz maintains a site on Popular Religiosity and Theodula and leads the research efforts in popular piety, the impact of postmodern culture and ideological colonization, cultural ecology and the impact of the ecological crisis on the culture of the people who are most affected.
Fr. Vicente Cervania, SDB, SThL
Research Team Member
Fr. Cervania completed his Licentiate in Sacred Theology, specializing in Pastoral Catechetics, in the Universita Pontificia Salesiana, Rome, Italy in 1980. He is the former Research Director and continues to be actively involved in research especially in the field of Catechetics. He is also currently the Vice-Dean of the Institute for Pastoral Ministry and resident professor.
Maria Divina Solano, MRS, MATh
Research Coordinator and 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 has served as Editorial Consultant of Lantayan from 2007-2017 and is also a 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.
Photos of Salesian priests courtesy of Don Bosco Press Inc. Multimedia Services.