UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS

Ecclesiastical Faculties

ALIGAN, Fr. Rodel E., O.P., S.Th.D.

Academic Degrees

Doctorate in Sacred Theology, 1998 
UST Faculty of Sacred Theology, Manila, Philippines 

Licentiate in Sacred Theology & Master of Arts in Higher Religious Studies, 1993 
UST Faculty of Sacred Theology, Manila, Philippines 
UST Graduate School, Manila, Philippines 

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, 1978 
Dominican House of Studies, Quezon City

Area of Specialization

Moral Theology,  Bioethics

Published Work

  • Aligan, Rodel, OP. “Priestly Formation in the Asian Context,” Catholic Theology and Thought, no. 75 (Summer 2015): 173-206.  
  • Aligan, Rodel, OP. “God and the Concept of Death and Suffering in the Philippine Context,” Catholic Theology and Thought, no. 77 (Summer 2016): 66-97. 
  • Aligan, Fr. Rodel, OP and Joel Sagut. The Catholic Priesthood: Then and Now. Manila: Faculty of Sacred Theology, 2014. pp. i-306. ISBN: 978-506-30632-5. 
  • Aligan, Rodel, O.P. Joel Sagut, eds. A Symposium on Natural Moral Law. Manila: Faculty of Sacred Theology, 2009.  
  • Aligan, Rodel, OP and Joel Sagut, eds. Journeying with St. Paul Today. Manila: Faculty of Sacred Theology, 2010.  
  • Aligan, Rodel, OP and Joel Sagut, eds. The Catholic Priesthood: Then and Now. Manila: Faculty of Sacred Theology, 2014.  
  • Aligan, Rodel, OP and Joel Sagut. Theology Week 2008: A Symposium on Natural Moral Law. Manila: UST Publishing House, 2009, 329 pp. 
  • Aligan, Rodel, OP, Jose Antonio E. Aureada, OP, Richard Ang, OP and Joel Sagut, eds. Catholic Education and Professional Ethics in the Philippines: Challenges and Perspectives. Manila: UST Publishing House, 2008. 
  • Aligan, Rodel, OP. Pasyon. Manila: UST Publishing House, 2001.  
  • Aligan, Rodel, OP. The End as the Beginning: Filipino View of Death. Manila: UST Publishing House, 2001. 
  • Aligan, Rodel, OP. Toward a Filipino Moral Theology of Death. Manila: UST Faculty of Sacred Theology, 1997.  
  • Aligan, Rodel. OP. Pasyon. Manila: UST Publishing House, 2001. ISBN #971-506-173-3 
  • Aligan, Rodel O.P. “The Biblical and Folkloric Elements of the First Tagalog Pasyon,” Philippiniana Sacra, vol. 27, no. 27 (September-December 1992): 341- 394. 
  • Aligan, Rodel, OP. “Bioethical Issues at the End of Life.” In Emerging Theological Themes, 319-330Manila: UST Publishing House, 2001. 
  • Aligan, Rodel, OP. “Christian Ethical Values.” In Theology Week 2002: Faith, Violence, Values, 179-189Manila: UST Publishing House, 2003. 
  • Aligan, Rodel, OP. “Compassion according to St. Thomas Aquinas.” In Love, Compassion, Solidarity in a Globalized World, 107-114Manila: UST Publishing House, 2005. 
  • Aligan, Rodel, OP. “Mary, Model of the Pilgrim Church.” In Theology Week 2005: Eucharist with Mary, 222-237Manila: UST Publishing House, 2007. 
  • Aligan, Rodel, O.P., “Natural Moral Law in Bioethics,” in Theology Week 2008: A Synposium on Natural Moral Law. Manila: UST Publishing House, 2009, pp. 284-288. 
  • Aligan, Rodel, OP. “The Ethics of Filipino Values and Catholic Moral Education.” In Catholic Education and Professional Ethics in the Philippines: Challenges and Perspectives, 4-15. Manila: UST Publishing House, 2008. 
  • Aligan, Rodel, OP. “Natural Moral Law in Bioethics.” In A Symposium on Natural Moral Law, 284-288Manila: UST Publishing House, 2009. 
  • Aligan, Rodel, OP. “The Moorings of Deus Caritas Est in the Letters of St. Paul.” In Theology Week 2009: Journeying with St. Paul Today, 76-85Manila: Faculty of Sacred Theology, 2010. 
  • Aligan, Rodel, O.P., “Transforming Lives,” Boletín Eclesiástico de Filipinas, vol. 89, no. 900, 902 (Lumen Fidei Issue 2013): 693. 
  • Aligan, Rodel, OP. “The Priest and the Mass Media: Celebrant or Celebrity?” In The Catholic Priesthood: Then and Now, 181-192. Manila: Faculty of Sacred Theology, 2014. 
  • Aligan, Rodel, OP. “Priestly Formation in the Asian Contexts: Application of the Church’s Teachings to the Philippine Church and Society,” Theology and Thought, no. 77 (Summer 2015): 173-206. 
  • Aligan, Rodel, OP. “God and the Concept of Death and Suffering in the Philippine Context,” Theology and Thought, no. 77 (Summer 2016): 66-98. 
  • Lynch, Gordon, Jolyon Mitchell and Anna Strhan, eds. Religion, Media and Culture: A Reader. London: Routledge, 2012. 282 pp. ISBN 978-0-415-54955-4, in Philippiniana Sacra ((September – December 2012))vol. XLVII, no. 142. (Book Review) 
  • Mercado, Leonardo N. Dialogue and Faith: A Philippine View. Manila: Logos Publications, 2009. Pp. 260. in Philippiniana Sacra, vol. XLV, no. 133 (January – April 2010), pp. 244-246. (Book Review) 
  • Plaisance, Patrick Lee. Media Ethics: Key Principles for Responsible Practice. London: Sage Publications, Inc., 2009. Pp. 255. in Philippiniana Sacra, vol. XLV, no. 134 (May – August 2010), pp. 491-492. (Book Review) 

Scientific, Ecclesial and Cultural Activities

  • Professor, UST Faculty of Sacred Theology, Manila, Philippines (since March 4, 2020),
  • Dean, UST Faculty of Sacred Theology, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines (2008-2014), 2016-present 
  • Chairman, Moral Theology Section, UST Faculty of Sacred Theology, Manila, Philippines 
  • Member, Office of Bioethics, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines 
  • Member, UST Council of Regents, Manila, Philippines 
  • Guest Professor, UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Manila, Philippines 
  • Guest Professor, UST Graduate School, Manila, Philippines 
  • Ecclesiastical Adviser, Catholic Physicians’ Guild of the Philippines 
  • Guest Professor, Recoletos School of Theology, Quezon City, Philippines 
  • Former Conventual PriorPriory of St. Thomas Aquinas, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, 2001 – 2021
  • Former Regent, Faculty of Arts and Letters, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines (until 2021)

Lectures/Seminars/Conferences/Outreach

  • “Dominicans and Ecclesiology,” Theology Week 2016: Building the Church the Dominican Way, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, February 10, 2016.  
  • “The Priest and the Mass Media: Celebrant or Celebrity,” Theology Week 2010: The Catholic Priesthood: Then and Now, UST Faculty of Sacred Theology, Manila, Philippines, April 12-16, 2010. 
  • “Moorings of ‘Deus Caritas Est’ in the Letters of St. Paul,” Theology Week 2009: Journeying with St. Paul Today, UST Faculty of Sacred Theology, Manila, Philippines, April 21, 2009. 
  • “Natural Moral Law in Bioethics,” Theology Week 2008: A Symposium on Natural Moral Law, UST Ecclesiastical Faculties, Manila, Philippines,  July 19, 2008. 
  • “The Ethics of Filipino Values and Catholic Moral Education,” Theology Week 2007: Catholic Education and Professional Ethics in the Philippines: Challenges and Perspectives, UST Faculty of Sacred Theology, Manila, Philippines, April 16, 2007. 
  • “Mary, Model of the Pilgrim Church,” Theology Week 2005: Eucharist with Mary, UST Faculty of Sacred Theology, Manila, Philippines, April 2005. 
  • “Compassion according to St. Thomas Aquinas,” Theology Week 2004: Love, Compassion, Solidarity in a Globalized World, UST Faculty of Sacred Theology, Manila, Philippines, April 2004. 
  • “Christian Ethical Values,” Theology Week 2002: Faith, Violence, Values, UST Faculty of Sacred Theology, Manila, Philippines, April 8-13, 2002. 
  • “Bioethical Issues at the End of Life,” Theology Week 1: Emerging Theological Themes, UST Faculty of Sacred Theology, Manila, Philippines, April 2000. 

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