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Associate Professor of Canon Law

Contact Information

Loyola House of Studies
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Tel. (+63 02) 426-6101 to 04
Office: (+63 02) 426-6430 ext. 3642


Canon Law I and II, Ad Audiendas Confessiones, Italian Language I and II

Areas of Interest

Catechesis and Religious Education, especially the history of catechetical legislation in the Church


Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Divinity, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City
Master of Arts in Theology, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City
Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology, Loyola School of Theology, Quezon City
Licentiate in Canon Law, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
Doctorate in Canon Law, Pontifical Salesian University, Rome


Fr. Eric was born and raised in Metro Manila. He obtained his A.B. Pre-Divinity degree in 1986 from the Ateneo de Manila University as a seminarian of San Jose College Seminary. After his Juniorate studies as a Jesuit scholastic at the Loyola House of Studies, he entered the M.A. Education program, major in the Teaching of Religion at the same university, completing his comprehensive examination in 1990. As a Jesuit regent, Fr. Eric taught Christian Life and Values Education at the Ateneo de Davao High School from 1990-1992. In the School Year 1993-1994, he was lecturer at the Department of Theology of the Ateneo de Manila University. 

In 1996, he completed his Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) and M.A. Theology degrees respectively at the Loyola School of Theology (then granted through Fu-jen Catholic University, Taiwan) and the Ateneo de Manila University. For his M.A. thesis, he wrote on the Grace of Unity in the Eucharist under the direction of Fr. Joseph L. Roche, S.J.

After a two-year pastoral ministry in Nigeria from 1997-1999 and a three-year stint as Vocation Director of the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus from 1999-2002, Fr. Eric was sent to Rome for studies in Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University (J.C.L.) and the Pontifical Salesian University (J.C.D.). For his licentiate tesina, he wrote on the Office of Episcopal Vicar for Institutes of Consecrated Life under the direction of Prof. Yuji Sugawara, SJ. For his dissertation, he wrote on the history of catechetical legislation from the early church to contemporary times, with special reference to catechesis in the Philippines. Mentored by Prof. Jesu Pudumai Doss, SDB, Fr. Eric obtained his doctoral degree in 2009.

After studies, he did the Jesuit Tertianship Program in Manila in 2009 under Fr. Roger Champoux, S.J. and professed final vows in the Society of Jesus on September 28, 2013.

Fr. Eric teaches Canon Law at Loyola School of Theology where he also served as Dean from 2010 to 2014 and as Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2014-2016. He also concurrently served as Director of the Theology and Ministry Program of the School of Humanities of the Ateneo de Manila University. 

He was appointed in 2011 as Judge at the Diocesan Tribunal of the Diocese of Novaliches, Quezon City.

Research and Publications
To Unite All Things in Christ: Eucharistic Grace as Unitive, Unpublished Masteral Thesis. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University, 1996.
The Episcopal Vicar for Institutes of Consecrated Life, Unpublished Licentiate Thesis. Rome: Pontifical Gregorian University, 2004.
The Evolution of Church Legislation on the Object and Means of Catechesis. A Historico-Juridical Study of Cann. 773 and 779 With Special Reference to Philippine Catechesis, Doctoral Dissertation. Rome: Pontifical Salesian University, 2009.
"The Evolution of Christus Dominus and of Its Teaching on the Catechetical Duty of Bishops." LANDAS Journal of Loyola School of Theology 23, no. 2 (2009): 39-66.
“The Priest as Catechist.” Timon 10 (2010-2011): 7-14.

"The Object and Means of Catechesis According to Contemporary Philippine Catechetical Magisterium." EAPI Review 48, no. 3 (2011): 258-281.
"Integral Faith Formation: Some Concrete Initiatives of the Philippine Church." EAPI Review 48, no. 4 (2011): 366-388.
"Integrated Catechesis: The Redaction History of Cann. 773 and 779 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law", Philippiniana Sacra 48, no. 143 (January-April 2013): 53-76.
"La catechesi integrata nella legislazione della Chiesa e sue implicanze teologico-giuridiche", Salesianum 77 (2015): 613-631.
"The Restoration of the Catechumenate: Some Voices from the Peripheries in the Redaction of Ad Gentes 14", LANDAS Journal of Loyola School of Theology 30, no. 2 (2016): 31-69.
"L'oggetto e i mezzi della catechesi nel Codice di Diritto Canonico del 1917". In J. Pudumai Doss (Ed.), Iustitiam persequere (Deut 16,20). Contributo del Codice Pio-Benedettino alla disciplina ecclesiastica. Roma: Pontificia UniversitaSalesiana (forthcoming)
"Revisiting the 1977 Synod of Bishops on Catechesis in Our Time on Its 40th Anniversary" (forthcoming)