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PADILLA, Fr. Wenifredo V. III, O.P. , S.Th.L.-M.A., S.S.L.

Academic Degrees

Doctorate in Sacred Theology (SThD Candidate on Biblical Studies), ongoing
University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Licentiate in Sacred Scriptures, 2012
Pontificio Istituto Biblico (Pontifical Biblical Institute), Rome, Italy

Licentiate and Master of Arts in Theology, 2008
Faculty of Sacred Theology and Graduate School, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines

Bachelor in Sacred Theology, 2003
Faculty of Sacred Theology, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, 2000
Philippine Dominican Center of Institutional Studies, Quezon City, Philippines

Area of Specialization

Old Testament (Pentateuch and Prophets); New Testament (Synoptic Gospels and Johannine Corpus); Narrative Biblical Criticism; Biblical Preaching and Homiletics; Catechetical Formation

Published Work

  • “If we do not listen to Moses and the Prophets…” (A Reflection for the Celebration of National Bible Month [January 2020]), The Academia. Official International Bulletin of the University of Santo Tomas (January 2020).
  • “Preserving David’s Characterization (A Narrative Reading of 1 Sam 25),” Philippiniana Sacra, 50/149 (January-April 2015).
  • “From Predilection to Election (Narrative Reading of Gen 21,1-21)”, Philippiniana Sacra, 49/146 (January-April 2014).
  • “Towards A Soteriological Significance of Pakikiramay as an Inculturated Model for Understanding Salvation,” Philippiniana Sacra, 45/134 (May-August 2010).
  • “Phenomenological Re-Construction of Pakikiramay as an Experience of Salvation Among Filipinos,” Philippiniana Sacra, 45/133 (January-April 2010).

Scientific, Ecclesial and Cultural Activities

  • Member, Society of Biblical Literature, 2013-present
  • Instructor, UST Faculty of Sacred Theology, since 2018
  • Visiting Lecturer, Divine Word Seminary, Tagaytay, Jan.-May 2020
  • Thesis Mentor/Adviser, Institute of Formation and Religious Studies (IFRS); Thesis Advisee: Sr Vo Thi Thu Hien (Understanding the Word ‘Abide’ in Jn 15:1-17 in Relation to the Preaching of the Members of the Order of Preachers); ongoing since 2019
  • Former Vice Rector and Bursar, UST Central Seminary (2007)
  • Recipient of Doctoral Study Grant, Couvent S. Albert le Grand (Albertinum) Fribourg, Switzerland (ongoing since 2013)


  • Strategic Planning on Research-Based Intervention Outcomes (RIO), NCS 2021 PARI Project, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP); Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education (ECCCE), University of Santo Tomas-Manila; RCSSED, 30 January 2020, Tan Yan Kee Student Center, UST, Discussant: Intervention on Biblical Catechesis
  • Introductory Lecture on Parish Biblical Institute Season 2, Parish Biblical Apostolate & Divine Mercy Apostolate, Santisimo Rosario Parish (UST), 29 January 2020, Aula Minor, Ecclesiastical Faculties, UST-Manila, Speaker on the Topic: “If we do not listen to Moses and the Prophets…”
  • Annual Retreat, Dominican Sisters of the Trinity, 13-27 January 2020, Retreat Preacher on the Theme: Scriptural Reflections on the Dominican Blessing
  • UST Central Seminary & San Jose Seminary Dual Encounter, UST Central seminary, 10 November 2019, UST Central Seminary Chapel, Speaker on the Topic: Dual Encounter with Jesus in the Scriptures and the Eucharist
  • Joint 19th Annual Meeting of Catechetical Ministers (AMCM) & 14th Association of Catechetical Centers & Colleges/ Universities with Religious Education Program (ACCCRE) Annual Assembly, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP); Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education (ECCCE); Association of Catechetical Centers and Colleges and Universities with Religious Education (ACCCRE), 30 September – 3 October 2019, Sta. Catalina Spirituality Center, Baguio City, Resource Speaker on the Topic: 500 Years of Christianity: A Biblical Reflection on the Life of a Catechist
  • Common Study on Prayer, Priory of Our Lady of the Rosary; Dominican Novitiate of the Annunciation, Manaoag, Pangasinan, 9-11 September 2019, Lecturer on the Topic: Prayer
  • Summer Institute on Sacred Scriptures 2019, De La Salle University College of Liberal Arts Theology and Religious Education Department (TRED) in cooperation with the Religious Educators Association of the Philippines (REAP), 29 April 2019 Yuchengco seminar Rooms 407-409 De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines, Plenary Speaker on the Topic: “The Bible and the Youth: Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Mt 19:14)
  • The Joy of Preaching: A Renewal Workshop on the Art of Homiletics, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila – Office for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, 8-9 April 2019, The Richmonde Hotel, Ortigas
  • 15th Diocesan Bible Convention (“The Bible: The Real Talk”), Diocese of San Pablo: Diocesan Commission on Biblical Apostolate , 26 January 2019, Holy Spirit School, Biñan, Laguna
  • Pinoy New Testament, Sagot ba sa New Evangelization?, UST Faculty of Sacred Theology; Santisimo Rosario Parish; UST Theological Society; Philippine Bible Society, 29 November 2018, Santisimo Rosario Parish, UST

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