INA NG BUHAY PARISH: THIRTY-TWO YEARS OF FAITH AND FORMATION (1986-2018)
Keywords:Ina ng Buhay, parish, parish priest, Parish Pastoral Council, Structuration, challenge and response
Aiming to trace the growth and development of Ina ng Buhay Parish, Novaliches, Quezon City from its establishment in 1986 to 2018, this study highlights the different projects, programs, and activities that the parish priests hand-in-hand with the Parish Pastoral Council spearheaded. Ina ng Buhay has had 7 parish priests and 8 different Parish Pastoral Council Administrations bringing with them their different styles of leadership and spirituality that helped the parish develop to what it is presently. This study is anchored on Anthony Gidden’s Theory of Structuration, which puts the agents and structures in a complementary relationship, where structures both enable and constrain social action giving the agents the ability to change these existing structures while also utilizing Arnold Toynbee’s Challenge-And-Response Theory which attributes the continuity of a civilization – in this case an institution – to its ability to properly respond to posing challenges that come its way. Employed in this study is the historical method using analytical, descriptive, and narrative techniques. Written sources from souvenir programs and parish newsletters were analyzed according to their relevance to the topic to arrive to a proper interpretation of the data. Oral history is also employed in this study as the researcher was privileged enough to interview parish priests and a former PPC Chairperson.