Library launches Year of Faith initiative

Library launches Year of Faith initiative

by Mio Borromeo on October 11, 2012 - 5:18 pm

The University Library has come up with several projects as part of the University’s celebration of the Year of Faith, which starts October 11 this year and ends November 24 of next year as announced by the Holy Father Benedict XVI in his Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei.

The Library’s Year of Faith initiative will include various displays in the University that hope to encourage both students and staff to read and learn more about Catholic doctrine. This runs in line with the Library’s mission to create and foster an environment where raw information becomes knowledge, which is succinctly expressed by the Latin phrase ab informatione in scientiam (from information to knowledge).

The Library is working with the CAS Religion Department in identifying doctrinal books that can be made available as basic references for a serious self-study of the Catholic faith. These will include the definitive edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and documents of the Second Vatican Council, which incidentally 50 years ago started on October 11 like the Year of Faith.

The Library is likewise collaborating with the Human Resource Management unit by providing resources to complement the Catholic Doctrine classes that HRM organizes with the Religion Department.

Throughout the whole year, doctrinal books and documents will be featured via the bulletin board, which will show a brief summary or study guide of these reading materials. A list of recommended doctrinal books will also be posted.

Also, a yearlong display will be set up in each of the two library sites. These displays will feature a copy of each recommended book.

Finally, the online library portal service will be regularly updated for the featured books and documents together with summaries and study guides, and links to resources that complement the Catholic doctrine classes.

Through the opportunity opened by the Year of Faith, the University Library hopes to continue pursuing its vision of greater collaboration with academe. With each of the projects in the initiative promoting the enrichment of the person by helping him or her “arrive at a systematic knowledge of the content of the faith” (Porta Fidei, no. 11), it is likely that the vision will be realized.

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