Theology Week 2021: Building the Church, the Dominican Way

In celebration of Theology Week 2021, the Faculty of Sacred Theology will hold the second of its “Build the Church in a Dominican Way” series, which will be held on Dec. 1-4, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., via Zoom and Facebook live.

With the theme “Preserving in Fidelity to their Founding Charism and to the splendid Tradition of which they are Theirs”, in reference to Pope Francis’ Praedicator Gratiae, this three-day conference will host plenary sessions featuring speakers who will discuss the Order’s contributions past and present to the Catholic Church, Science, and Nation-Building.

On December 1, 2021, Rev. fr. Efren O. Rivera, O.P. will lecture on the “Turning Points in the Teaching of Sacred Scriptures: 1965-2001”, while Vice-Rector for Finance Rev. fr. Roberto L. Luanzon, Jr., O.P., SThL, DL will lecture on the “Liturgical Inculturation and the Dominican Rituals after the Second Vatican Council”. Rev. Fr. Emilio Edgardo Quilatan, OAR will lecture on “the Dominicans in the History of the Augustinian Recollects”, while Rev. fr. Jessie Yap, O.P. will lecture on the “Establishment of the Dominican Presence (1881-1631): First Evangelization of the Philippines”.

On December 2, 2021, University Archivist Prof. Regalado Trota Jose, MCH will lecture on “Tracing the Tangible Heritage of the First Century of the Dominicans in the Philippines”. UST Museum Director Rev. fr. Isidro C. Abaño, SThL-MA will lecture on the “Pedagogical Ministry for the Cultural Heritage of the Church in the University of Santo Tomas”. Rev. fr. Wenifredo V. Padilla III, O.P. will lecture on “Reaffirming the Biblical Understanding of Marital Indissolubility as a Proposal for Celebrating the Gift of 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines”, while Rev. fr. Fausto B. Gomez, O.P. will talk about the “Christianity in the Philippines: UST’s Contribution in Bioethics”.

On December 3, 2021, Dominican Molecular Biologist Rev. fr. Nicanor Pier Giorgio R. Austriaco, O.P., PhD, SThD will lecture on the “Virtues of Filipino Bioethics and the Common Good”, while Rev. fr. Roland D. Mactal, O.P., Regent of College of Tourism and Hospitality Management, will discuss the “Dominican Influence in the Philippines in terms of the Marian Piety of the People: Yesterday, Today, and Beyond the 500 Years of Christianity”. Faculty of Sacred Theology Dead Rev. fr. Rodel E. Aligan, O.P. will lecture on “UST’s Contribution to the Development of Moral Theology in the Philippines” and finally, Rev. fr. Cecilio Vladimir Magboo, O.P. will lecture on the “Prospects of Ecumenism as a Ministry of the Order of the Preachers in the Philippines”.

Celebrate Theology Week 2021 and fill-out the registration form here.

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