A Jesuit, Filipino, and Asian Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology

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Lecturer, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology

Contact Information

Resurrection of Our Lord Parish
Gng. E. Gatches St.
BF Homes, Phase 1
Parañaque City
Tel. (+63 2) 842-5434


Introduction to Pastoral Methods, Advanced Pastoral Methods


Msgr. Manuel G. Gabriel or Msgr. Manny is a native of Sampaloc, Manila. After finishing his basic education at Legarda Elementary School and Mapa High School, he entered the San Jose Seminary and Loyola School of Theology where he finished his studies in philosophy and theology. Ordained on March 25, 1970, Msgr. Manny’s vast pastoral experiences include the following: the first Parish Priest of the Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Novaliches, Caloocan City (1973-1985); the first Parish Priest of the University of the Philippines, Diliman (1977-1985); the founder and first Chaplain of the Filipino Catholic Chaplaincy in France (1988-1991); Parish Priest of the Most Holy Trinity Parish, Balic-Balic, Sampaloc, Manila (1991-1997); Parish Priest of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Pasig City (1997-2203); and presently, Parish Priest of the Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew, Parañaque City. As a pastor, Msgr. Manny has immersed himself into the highly diverse and almost polarizing life-settings of his parishioners and faithfully drove the mission of evangelization to the very heart of their situation.

Their mission-driven ministry is what led him to the articulation, development and promotion of Basic Ecclesial Communities, to the committed action on behalf of the poor and developing communities, and to the prioritization of the family and the youth in the task of the New Evangelization.

Msgr. Manny finished his Master of Arts Degree in Organization Development and Planning at the Southeast Asia Interdisciplinary Development Institute (SAIDI), his licentiate degree and doctorate degree in Missiology, Summa cum laude, at the Gregorian University, Rome, Italy. He has also attended 3 summer courses at the Carl Jung Institute at Evanston, Chicago, Illinois, to equip himself with the framework and pastoral skills to help people in mid-life transition and aging process. In view of these, he has been active in conducting renewal programs among priests, sisters and religious, seminarians and lay communities. He has been a trainer/formator in pastoral planning and community building, retreat and faith renewal programs in various dioceses and religious institutions. He serves as a faculty member in graduate schools and universities in the country.

Msgr. Manny’s multi-disciplinary academic background enabled him to bridge theory and practice theology and socio-behavioral disciplines and the dynamic relationship between Christian faith and human life.

As the current Director of St. Andrew’s School, and having been a former President of Pasig Catholic College and Director of the Holy Trinity Academy, Msgr. Manny has consistently pursued the ideals and commitment of the Catholic Educational System. Recently, he has undertaken some training in the Understanding by Design (UBD) in Florida, USA, the new thrust of the Philippine education.

Msgr. Manny’s pastoral experience in building the local Church (Diocese, Parish, BECs) has contributed to his efforts to contextualize the thrust of the diocesan and parochial schools, along Integral Evangelization. He served as chairman of the MAPSA Commission on Integral Evangelization, the office that translates into reality the Catholic School’s principle of Religion as Core of the Curriculum. He also initiated the publication of the MAPSA’s Religious Education Textbooks in collaboration with the Salesiana and Word and Life Publications.

Msgr. Manny has written a number of books on BECs, John Paul II’s Missiology, A Catholic’s Treasury of Prayers, on PCP II and Church Renewal. He has also assisted in some research projects undertaken by the 2 National Congresses of the Clergy, the 3 National Consultations in Basic Ecciesial Communities and the ASIPA-FABC’s focus group discussion (FGD) on BEC.

Msgr. Manny’s integration of his pastoral experiences and academic background and training in the light of the Church’s mission of the New Evangelization has enriched both his ministry and mission. This integration is what kept his pastoral life intellectually-provoking and his academic pursuit pastorally-grounded.

Research and Publications

Christian Leadership Formation and Training, Part I and Part II, Communication Foundation for Asia, 1979.

Project Proponent, Blackwick-Galvin Socio-Pastoral Research in the National Capital Region, 1985.

UP Diliman, A BCC Experience

Inter-BCC Dialogue: A Philippine Experience

Towards Church Renewal and Spirituality in BCC

John Paul II's Mission Theology in Asia, Anvil Publication, Inc., Manila 1992.

Co-editor, Journeying with the Spirit, Claretian Publications, Quezon City 1993.

Concept Paper on Religious Education in the Light of Integral Evangelization (adopted by the Manila Archdiocesan and Parochial Schools Association Schools), 1998.

Concept Paper on the Role of Religious Education in Creating an Authentic Catholic Culture, Docete, 1998.

Editor, A Catholic's Treasury of Prayer, Anvil Publishing Inc., Pasig City 2000.

Sons of San Jose, November 2001.

Basic Christian Communities in the Philippines, Anvil Publishing Inc., Pasig City.