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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:53483
Doc. No:TL23437
Call number:‭3191602‬
Main Entry:Alphonsus Ngozi Oha
Title & Author:A pastoral program promoting the transmission of traditional Igbo values among Catholic Nigerian families living in the United StatesAlphonsus Ngozi Oha
College:The Catholic University of America
Date:2005
Degree:D.Min.
student score:2005
Page No:132-132 p.
Abstract:In his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Ecclesia in Africa (1995), Pope John Paul II stated: "While adopting the positive values of modernity, The African family must preserve its own essential values." Similarly, Dr. Lawrence Okafor observed in his book Recent African Immigrants to the U.S.A . (2003): "A lot of African immigrant parents in America have expressed a long desire to raise their children 'in the African tradition' in order to teach them respect and appreciation for the positive aspects of African culture passed on to them from...their own parents." The task of preserving these values is very challenging for Igbo families, who move from Nigeria to the United States and encounter a vastly different culture and life. The methodology used in the project included group sharing, video presentation, facilitator's presentation, and modeling. Chapter One explored the Roman Catholic theology of family. It focused on family as referring to a group of two or more persons related by blood, or adoption and residing together, i.e., family as a household. It dealt with the family in the view of the Second Vatican Council, and Post-Conciliar teachings. It discussed the civilization of love in the family as it is intrinsically connected to parent-child relationship in the nuclear family. Chapter Two focused on Igbo family and society. It explained basic Igbo concepts of family and society. It dealt with traditional Igbo values. These values include strong family ties, respect for the elders, traditional customs of Igbo family hospitality, cohesion, and unity. It explored the impact of the cross-cultural experience of the Igbo people living in a new culture. Chapter Three describes the implementation of the project. This project was implemented at the Nativity Parish in a series of workshops that took place for about a two month period of time. Chapter Four provides a detailed analysis of the instruments and the evaluative tools, such as the questionnaire and the action plan, used in the project implementation. The program gives credence on the need for a pastoral program promoting the transmission of traditional Igbo values among Catholic Nigerian families living in the United States. The results of the evaluation both quantitative and qualitative, confirm the value of this program. This program, which responds to Pope John Paul II's call, in his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Familiarlis Consortio for pastoral care of the families of immigrants and migrant workers, could be utilized as a model for the enhancement of traditional cultural religious values for Igbo families who are living in the United States.
Subject:Philosophy, religion and theology; Social sciences; Education; Pastoral program; Igbo; Values; Catholic; Nigerian; Families; Theology; Bilingual education; Multicultural education; African Americans; 0282:Multicultural education; 0469:Theology; 0325:African Americans; 0282:Bilingual education
Added Entry:C. Gravenstine
Added Entry:The Catholic University of America