A Jesuit, Filipino, and Asian Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology

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On the occasion of its Golden Jubilee Year, Loyola School of Theology and the Theology and Ministry Program of the School of Humanities, Ateneo de Manila University invite the public to an International Theological Symposium on “Leading and Serving Through Theology: 50 Years After Vatican II” on March 10-11, 2016 at the Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines. Special Guest and Keynote Speaker is His Eminence Giuseppe Cardinal Versaldi, D.D., Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education of the Holy See.
10 March 2016, Thursday
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Venue: Henry Lee Irwin Theater

9:00 am Keynote Address
His Eminence Giuseppe Cardinal Versaldi, D.D.
Leading and Serving Through Theology: 50 Years After Vatican II
Giuseppe Cardinal Versaldi was born on 30 July 1943 at Villarboit, Vercelli, Italy. He was ordained a priest on 29 June 1967 and became coadjutor in the local parish. In 1972 he was sent to Rome and obtained a degree in psychology and then a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University. In 1976 he returned to Vercelli and was charged to set up a diocesan family counseling center, of which he was director, and promoted the family apostolate. Subsequently he became president of the Piedmontese Federation of Christian Counselors. In 1977 he became a parish priest of Larizzate, an outlying district of Vercelli.

In 1980 he was invited to teach canon law and psychology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, while retaining some of his activities in the Archdiocese of Vercelli. He obtained the title of advocate at the Roman Rota and then became a referendary in 1985 and a member of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in 2007, while also teaching anthropology at the Studium of the Roman Rota.
On 4 April 2007 he was appointed Bishop of Alessandria and received episcopal ordination on 26 May 2007. On 21 September 2011 he was named President of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See and elevated to the dignity of Archbishop. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI appointed him Cardinal in the consistory of 18 February 2012 and was named Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education on 31 March 2015 by Pope Francis.
The Congregation for Catholic Education one of the nine major departments in the Roman Curia – has two main sections. The first oversees the 1,358 Catholic universities (114 are run by the Jesuits) and institutes of higher education in the world today, and houses of formation of religious and secular institutes. The second does likewise for all Catholic schools and educational institutes that are dependent on ecclesiastical authorities.
10:30 am Small Group Discussion
11:00 am Open Forum
11:30 am Lunch
1:00 pm Major Address

His Eminence Orlando B. Cardinal Quevedo, O.M.I., D.D.
Archbishop of Cotabato, Philippines
Call to New Evangelization:
The Church in Asia in the Next 50 Years
On January 12, 2014, Pope Francis named Archbishop Quevedo as one of 19 men to be installed into the College of Cardinals in the consistory of February 22, 2014, with the titular church of Santa Maria “Regina Mundi” a Torre Spaccata. He is the first cardinal from Mindanao, Philippines and the second current Filipino cardinal-elector, along with Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila. He is former Secretary-General of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences and former president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines.
2:00 pm Open Forum
2:30 pm Break

3:00 pm Testimonies of Christ's Faithful


Fr. Catalino G. Arevalo, S.J. (Priesthood)

Widely recognized as the Dean of Filipino Theologians, Fr. Catalino G. Arévalo, SJ is Professor Emeritus of Loyola School of Theology. He is beloved teacher and mentor to generations of students and seminarians of San Jose Seminary and Loyola School of Theology. On August 16, 2009, the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences presented an Award of Recognition to Fr. Arevalo for “several of his pivotal and perduring contributions to assist the Asian Bishops, specifically: in serving as theological peritus to the FABC from its beginnings in 1970 until 1995; in crafting the visionary and programmatic final document of the First FABC Plenary Assembly in 1974, Evangelization in Modern Day Asia; in convening and founding the FABC Theological Advisory Commission in 1985; in promoting indigenous Asian theology, for which he is properly recognized as the ‘Father of Asian Theology’."


Sr. Judette Gallares, R.C. (Consecrated Life)

Sr. Judette is the superior of the Religious of the Cenacle community in Macau. She has worked for many years in formation both in her congregation and also in inter-congregational religious formation programs in the Philippines. At present she is professor of spirituality at the Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia in Manila and is visiting professor of spirituality and culture at the University of St. Joseph in Macau. She is author of several books and articles on women in the Bible, spirituality and formation.


Nelson and Ma. Socorro Villafania (Lay, Family Life)

Nelson and Maria Socorro Villafania were among the more than 50 lay individuals from different countries who participated in the Synod on the Family held last October 4-25, 2015. Nelson is collaborator at the Evangelion Foundation in Mandaluyong City; Maria Socorro is former lecturer in theology at the Assumption College in Makati City and works with the Salesian Sisters in the preparation of catechists.


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Admission is free.
11 March 2016, Friday
For LST Students and Invited Guests Only
Venue: Jaime Cardinal Sin Center of LST
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Theological Conversations

8:30 am Focus on Systematic Theology

Panelists present their thoughts on the previous day’s talks and testimonies and respond to the following question: How do we lead and serve through theology in the changing Asian contexts?

1. Fr. Jojo M. Fung, S.J. (East Asian Pastoral Institute)
2. Fr. Albertus Bagus Laksana, S.J. (Sanata Dharma University)
3. Dr. Patricia P. Lambino (Ateneo de Manila Theology Department)
4. Fr. Quirico T. Pedregosa, Jr., O.P.  (University of Sto. Tomas Central Seminary)
5. Mr. Michael Liberatore (Ateneo de Manila Theology Department)
6. Fr. Jose Mario C. Francisco, S.J. (Loyola School of Theology)

11:00 am Focus on Spirituality and Scriptures

1. Fr. Arthur F. Leger, S.J. (East Asian Pastoral Institute)
2. Dr. Federico G. Villanueva, Jr. (Loyola School of Theology)
3. Dr. Melba P. Maggay (Institute for Studies in Asian Church and Culture)
4. Sr. Niceta M. Vargas, O.S.A. (Loyola School of Theology)
5. Fr. Samuel H. Canilang, C.M.F. (Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia)
6. Dr. Carmen Scheuerman (Union Theological Seminary)