MISSION IN THE LIGHT OF FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE IN THE LIVES OF THE CATHOLIC LAY MINISTERS IN THE NEW NORMAL

Authors

  • Alvin J. Sumampong
  • Rev. Fr. Gun Real L. Omega
  • Liza Chua
  • Rev. Fr. Michael Patan
  • Andron C. Lagarde

Abstract

This research paper examined the mission in light of faith, hope, and love in the lives of the catholic lay ministers in the new normal. Since the study is qualitative, it followed Giorgi's (2003) Descriptive Phenomenological Approach in describing the phenomenon from the lived experiences of the informants. Methods used included collecting recorded interviews and analysis of the gathered data. Analyses of the data revealed 102 psychological meaning units, which developed 26 concepts, from which 16 categories were formed that resulted in 4 themes and were merged to formulate one main global theme. The findings and conclusions of the study revealed that the lay ministers embodied faith, hope, and love in carrying out their mission amidst the pandemic and were considered strong virtues. The outcomes of this study may aid lay ministers in cultivating a sense of awareness as they deepen their faith, hope, and love for God, the church, and their ministry. This study also offers information to the priests in charge who commissioned the lay ministers in their respective mission and to readers to understand the informants' experiences.

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Published

2022-09-11