Brother Michael Valenzuela, FSC, PhD
The use of story in communicating religious understanding and tradition is as old as religion itself. Human beings have always resorted to the language of story (image, symbol, metaphor, narrative) to speak of their encounters with Mystery. Telling stories is so much a part of what we do as human beings that we often take it for granted. Thus, the turn to story in religious education is nothing new, rather, it stems from a growing recognition and appreciation of the centrality of narratives to growth in personal and communal faith. How can different forms of stories be used to facilitate the growth in the life of faith among Catholic elementary and high school students in the Philippines? This is the question this extended essay seeks to address.
De La Salle; Lasallian; Education
Story and Vision: Exploring the use of Stories for Growth in the Life of Faith
About the Author
Michael Valenzuela, FSC, Ph.D.
Brother Michael Valenzuela has been a De La Salle Christian Brother for the past thirty years. He holds a Ph.D. from De La Salle University in Manila (2004), and he served as a member of the ‘Rule’ Commission of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (2009-2012). As such, he contributed to the formulation of what is now referred to as the ‘Revised Rule’ of 2015.