A Jesuit, Filipino, and Asian Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology

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ANTONIO B. DE CASTRO, S.J., S.T.L., E.H.D.alt
Associate Professor of Church History and Systematic Theology

Contact Information

Loyola House of Studies
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Tel. (+63 02) 4266101
Office: (+63 02) 4266430 ext. 3404

Courses

Church History I-II; Philippine Church History; Special Topics in Philippine Church History: The Jesuits in the Philippines; Hans Urs von Balthasar; Catholic Theology: 19th and 20th Centuries; Selected Topics in Church History: Christianity in Asia

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City
Bachelor in Sacred Theology, Fu-jen Catholic University, Taipei
Master of Arts in Theology, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City
Licentiate in Sacred Theology, Fu-jen Catholic University, Taipei
Licentiate in Church History, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
Doctorate in Church History, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome

Background

Antonio Francisco B. de Castro was born in Jolo, Sulu on 13 June 1960.  He went through elementary education at Notre Dame of Jolo Grade School under the guidance of the Dominican Sisters of Siena.  He spent four years of secondary education with the Marist Brothers of Notre Dame of Jolo Boys’ High School Department.  He then went to the Ateneo de Manila University where he procured the A. B. in Philosophy.  He entered the Society of Jesus in 1981 and pronounced his first vows two years after.  While a scholastic, he enrolled in some courses on Islam at the Institute of Islamic Studies, University of the Philippines.  In 1991 he obtained the degree Bachelor in Sacred Theology (S. T. B.).  He was ordained to the priesthood in March 1992, the same year that he completed requirements for the M. A. in Theology (Ateneo de Manila University) and the Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S. T. L., granted through Fujen Catholic University, Taipei).  He was then sent to the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome to do a licentiate and doctorate in Church History. 

He did his tertianship, the final stage of Jesuit formation, in Kandy, Sri Lanka in 2005-2006 and pronounced his final vows in 2008. He is currently Associate Professor of Church History at the Loyola School of Theology where he also serves in various capacities.  He continues to teach various courses in philosophy, theology and history at the Ateneo de Manila University. He was for a time a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University and the ERDA Foundation.  He continues to sit on the board of several Jesuit institutions, including Loyola School of Theology. He is the National Ecclesiastical Assistant of the Christian Life Community of the Philippines.
 
Research and Publications

Unpublished Dissertation in Church History (Pontificia Universita Gregoriana): Jesuits in the Philippines: From the Revolution to the Transition from the Spanish Jesuits to the American Jesuits, 1898-1927.

“Is Dialogue Possible?”, LANDAS (Journal of Loyola School of Theology) 16:2 (2002), 305-311.

Review of Chapters in Philippine Church History, ed. Anne C. Kwantes, OMF Literature Inc., Metro Manila: 2001, x-507pp. LANDAS (Journal of Loyola School of Theology) 17:1 (2003), 123-125.

Expanded Review of Chapters in Philippine Church History, ed. Anne C. Kwantes, OMF Literature Inc., Metro Manila: 2001, x-507pp, KINAADMAN (Wisdom): A Journal of the Southern Philippines XXVI (2004), 175-181.

“La Virgen del Pilar: Defamiliarizing Mary and the Challenge of Interreligious Dialogue”, LANDAS  (Journal of Loyola School of Theology) 19:1 (2005), 57-91 (Special Marian Issue)

“Language, Power, and Defining the Filipino Soul”, TAMBARA (Ateneo de Davao University Journal) 24 (2007), 7-16.

“Mindanao as Jesuit Frontier: Lessons from History (in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Return of the Jesuits to the Philippines)”, KINAADMAN (Wisdom): A Journal of the Southern Philippines XXXI (2009), 69-94.

“Jesuit Linguistic Battles, ca. 1898-1932: Language, Power, and the Filipino Soul”, PHILIPPINE STUDIES 58: 1 & 2 (2010), 111-146.
 

 Other Academic Activities

Editor-in-Chief, LANDAS: Journal of Loyola School of Theology: Vol. 21: 2 (2007), special issue: Ferdinand Angelo M. Alipis, “The Filipino Face of Christ: An Annotated Bibliography and Thematic Analysis of Filipino Christological Literature, 1965-2000”, Vol. 22: 1 (2008), Vol. 23:1 (2009), Series Editor, Mindanao Studies (Ateneo de Manila University Press)