EX CORDE is a series of lectures presenting the research work of our very own DBCS professors, including their licentiate thesis papers and doctoral dissertations.
The Latin title, meaning From the Heart, draws from the biblical understanding of the heart. In Scriptures, the heart refers to the inner man, the very center of one’s entire life. It is applied here because research, far from just being an intellectual activity, should involve investing oneself. It is a fruit of study, prayer, sacrifice, and commitment to ultimately enrich our understanding and living out of the faith for love of the Lord and His Church.
Everyone is invited. Admission is free.
Four lectures will be held in DBCS this academic year.
28 July 2016 (Thursday) 1:30-3:30 pm
Fr. Joel Camaya, SDB, PhL, SSL
“Except the Sign of the Prophet Jonah: An Interpretation of Mt 12:38–42”
15 September 2016 (Thursday) 1:30-3:30 pm
Fr. Stephen Placente, SDB, SSL, SThD (Cand.)
“Passion for Narratives: Survival Guide in Research”
1 December 2016 (Thursday) 1:30-3:30 pm
Fr. Anthony Dung Ngoc Nguyen, SDB, MATh, SThD
“Ecology: Image of the Unity-in-Diversity of the Trinity”
Talk 4 “Evangelizing through Popular Piety” by Fr. Rafael Dela Cruz Jr., SDB, SThD, which was previously scheduled in February 2017 is CANCELLED due to the speaker’s busy schedule.
EX CORDE will return on AY 2017-2018.
During the course of the academic year, Don Bosco Center of Studies offers seminars on various theological, pastoral, and spiritual topics for the ongoing formation of members of the DBCS community. The seminars are often held at Aula Magna, the school auditorium, and are open to the public. Admission is free.
AY 2017-2018 Year of the Parish
Series of talks focusing on the YEAR OF THE PARISH, as part of the Church’s nine-year preparation for the five hundredth anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines.
Six Monday Sessions will be held throughout the academic year, 2:00-4:00 in the afternoon at the Auxilium Hall, 3/F Don Bosco Center of Studies.
Day One: August 14
The Church as Communion – Learn more
Fr. Anthony Nguyen, SDB – Professor of Dogmatic Theology
Mr. Michael B. Lapid – Professor of Biblical Theology and BEC Advocate
“Forming BECs as agents of communion, participation and mission”
Day Two: September 11
Day Three: October 9
Day Four: November 5
Word of God
Day Five: January 8
Day Six: February 12
Mission and Evangelization
AY 2016-2017 Accompanying Families Today
Series of talks inspired by the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
Six Monday Sessions from July to December, 2:00-4:00 in the afternoon at the Auxilium Hall, 3/F Don Bosco Center of Studies.
July 11 Day One
Families of Children with Disabilities
Presentation by Oland and Mimi David, Servant Leaders of CFCFFL, Parents of Joshua. Watch part of their presentation in the featured video.
Life Testimony by:
- Alex Amora Juni, Freelance Photographer, Father of Axel
- Ernie Gawilan, Philippine Para-Olympian Swimmer, Rio Olympics with Roland Sabido, Philippine Para-Athlete Swimmer, ASEAN Games
August 8 Day Two
Families of Migrants/OFWs
Presentation by Fr. Resty Ogsimer, SC, Secretary of the Episcopal Commission for Migrants
Life Testimony by Emma Lequit, Coordinator of the DBCS Evangelium Program, Wife of an OFW Seafarer, shown here in the featured photo.
September 12 Day Three
Families of Children with Same Sex Attraction
Presentation by Ansel Beluso, Radio Show Host: Digma ng Buhay/Sa Ngalan ng mga Ama. Watch part of his presentation in the featured video.
Life Testimony by Atty. Marwil Llasos, Catholic Apologist
October 10 Day Four
Widows/Widowers and Solo Parents
Presentation by Gay Munarriz, Directress of Everest Academy of Laguna, Widow. Watch part of her presentation in the featured video.
Life Testimony by:
- Queeny Velasco, President of the Joey Velasco Foundation, Widow
- Atty. Paul Gomez Hildawa, Senior Partner at Hildawa & Gomez Law Office, Widower
November 14 Day Five
Street Children, Poor and Abandoned Youth
Presentation by Fr. Rocky Evangelista, SDB, Director of Tuloy sa Don Bosco Streetchildren Village
Life Testimony by Tuloy Graduates Badong and Glory Anne. Watch part of Glory Anne’s sharing in the featured video.
December 12 Day Six
Families Displaced by Natural Calamities
Presentation by Narcing Eguia, Servant Leader, No One in Need
Life Testimony by Daryl Aloya, CFC-FFL Fulltime Missionary. Watch part of his sharing in the featured video.
AY 2015-2016 Looking Forward to the International Eucharistic Congress
The 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) will be held in Cebu, Philippines from 24 January – 31 January 2016. The much-awaited event is expected to gather 15,000 pilgrims from all over the world and aims to promote a greater awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church. A three-day IEC Theological Symposium will precede the congress. DBCS is devoting its OGF series for the year in preparation for the IEC.
From Dublin to Cebu
The Significance of the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu
Speaker: Rev Fr Mike Garcia, SSS
Schedule: 13 July 2015, Monday, 2:00-4:00 pm
Christ in Us, The Hope of Glory
The Biblical Inspiration of the IEC in the Light of the Asian Context
Speaker: Rev Fr Catalino Arevalo, SJ
Schedule: 10 August 2015, Monday, 2:00-4:00 pm
The Eucharist as Mission and Dialogue
The Vital Link between the Eucharist and the Church’s Mission in Asia
Speaker: Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, OMI
Schedule: 14 September 2015, Monday, 2:00-4:00 pm
The Eucharist, Mary, and Evangelization
The Woman who Bore the Good News, the Word Made Flesh
Speaker: Rev Sr Maria Anicia Co, RVM
Schedule: 9 November 2015, Monday, 2:00-4:00 pm
For further inquiries and if you are interested to attend, please contact Ms. Aprill Ayaso, (+632) 8233290 loc. 103.
Don Bosco Center of Studies holds an annual theological-pastoral symposium focusing on relevant themes and issues, and featuring experts representing the different ministries and/or related disciplines and fields of specialization.
Speakers in the past have included Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, DD, Archbishop of Manila; Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai, SDB, DD, Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples; Archbishop Socrates Villegas, DD, Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) (2014-2016); Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil, SDB, DD, former Archbishop of Guwahati; Fr. Catalino G. Arevalo, SJ, the “dean of Filipino theologians”; noted biblical scholars Fr. Francis J. Moloney, SDB and Fr. Jean Louis Ska, SJ; experts in catechetics and youth ministry Fr. Fabio Attard, SDB, General Councillor for Youth Ministry of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Rome, and Fr. Renato De Guzman, SDB, who served as auditor during the Synod on New Evangelization, and many more.
Religious sisters like Sr. Miriam Alejandrino, OSB, former Mother Prioress General of the Benedictine Sisters of the Eucharistic King, and lay preachers like Frank Padilla of CFC-FFL, Bo Sanchez of Light of Jesus Family, and Mike Velarde of El Shaddai DWXI-PPFI have also been featured in the annual symposium.
Papers presented during the event are published in Lantayan, the school’s journal.
The symposium is open to all who are interested, and only requires attendees to register in an advance. No registration or admission fees are charged.
2016 The Twentieth Century Face of Mercy: Honoring Mother Teresa of Calcutta
A THEOLOGICAL SYMPOSIUM AT ST. JOHN BOSCO PARISH, A. ARNAIZ AVENUE, MAKATI CITY ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2016, THURSDAY at 8:30–11:45 AM.
Admission is free.
8:15–8:45 Ingress and Introduction
8:45–10:00 The Face of Mercy in the Scriptures – Most Rev. Msgr. Pablo David, SThD, DD, Bishop of Kalookan, Biblical Scholar
10:30–11:15 Welcoming Mother Teresa in Manila – Most Rev. Msgr. Gabriel Reyes, DD, Bishop of Antipolo, Chaperone of Mother Teresa
11:15–11:45 Living the Spirit and Doing the Mission of Mother Teresa – Br. Domingo “Benedict” Felcia, MC, Member of the Missionaries of Charity (Personal Witness)
For further details, please contact us through Ms. Aprill Ayaso, landline – (63 2) 823-3290 loc. 103 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 Saints and Heroes. No Less.
A THEOLOGICAL-PASTORAL SYMPOSIUM HELD UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE CBCP AND THE EPISCOPAL COMMISSION ON LAY APOSTOLATE AT THE PHILSPORTS ARENA (ULTRA), PASIG CITY ON AUGUST 21, 2014, 8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM.
This symposium focused on Catholic lay life and ministry in celebration of the Year of the Laity in the Philippines. It is the second year in the nine-year journey toward the five hundredth anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines in the Jubilee Year 2021.
The event began with the Holy Eucharist, presided over by Archbishop Socrates Villegas, DD, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and concelebrated by other bishops and priests present. It featured several laymen and laywomen who gave their testimonies and shared their experiences as they served in different ministries and apostolates.
Some of the highlights included the following:
- The Laity as Prophet by Br. Frank Padilla of the Couples for Christ-Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL);
- The Laity as Priest by Br. Bo Sanchez of the Light of Jesus Family;
- The Laity as Prophet by Br. Mike Velarde of the El Shaddai DWXI-Prayer Partners Fellowship International, Inc. (PPFI); and
- Apostolicam Actuositatem Today by Dr. Bernardo Villegas of the Opus Dei.
2013 ITC’s Theology Today
A THEOLOGICAL SYMPOSIUM HELD IN COLLABORATION WITH SAN CARLOS SEMINARY AT SAN CARLOS SEMINARY MAIN AUDITORIUM, GUADALUPE, MAKATI CITY ON JULY 6, 2013, 8:00 AM TO 4:00 PM.
This symposium focuses on the document Theology Today: Perspective, Principles and Criteria issued by the International Theological Commission (ITC) in 2012. Its release was very timely; some months later, Benedict XVI declared the Year of Faith.
The event was also held in collaboration with the Episcopal Commission on Seminaries, whose Chairman and the Bishop of Pasig, Most. Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, DD said: “The recent document of ITC… is an excellent springboard for authentic Catholic theologizing. Indeed, the incumbent Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and concurrent President of the ITC, Archbishop Gerhart Mueller, greatly desires that this document be studied, reflected upon, and discussed in various theological fora, particularly among students of theology whether seminarians, lay and religious sisters/brothers, and most especially by deans and professors of faculties of theology.”
Theology and Listening to the Word of God was presented by Fr. Francis J. Moloney, SDB, SThD, SSL, PhD (Oxon), FAHA, AM who reflected and commented on the first part of the document, Chapter 1 Listening to the Word of God. Fr. Moloney is a noted biblical scholar and author who holds the distinction of being the only non-American President of the Catholic Biblical Association of the United States of America.
Theology and Abiding in Communion was presented by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, DD, SThD who reflected and commented on Chapter 2 Abiding in Communion with the Church. The Archbishop of Manila received his doctorate at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC.
Theology and Giving an Account of the Truth was presented by Fr. Jose Antonio Aureada, OP, SThD who reflected and commented on Chapter 3 Giving an Account of the Truth. Fr. Aureada served as Dean of the Faculty of Sacred Theology of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.
2013 New Evangelization
A THEOLOGICAL-PASTORAL SYMPOSIUM AT ST. JOHN BOSCO PARISH, A. ARNAIZ AVENUE, MAKATI CITY ON JANUARY 21, 2013.
This symposium featured three speakers who attended the Synod on the New Evangelization in October 2012.
The Poor, the Children, and the Lost: Post-Synod Ruminations of an Archbishop was presented by Archbishop Socrates Villegas, DD, an archbishop member of the Synod, and the pastor of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan. He was elected in July 2013 as President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for 2014-2016.
Reflections on the New Evangelization from a Lay Perspective was delivered by Ms. Jessica Joy Candelario, MA, who attended the Synod as a laywoman collaborator (expert). Ms. Candelario attended the Biblical Pastoral Course at the Missionari Verbiti in Nemi, Rome in 1994, 1995, and 1997. She was Executive Secretary of the Office of the Laity and the Family-Youth Desk of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) from 2003 to 2011. She is also a professor of Pastoral Theology and Youth Ministry at Don Bosco Center of Studies.
Sharing on the Synod on the New Evangelization as a Priest-Religious-Catechist/Youth Minister was presented by Fr. Renato De Guzman, SDB, SThD, who attended the Synod as an auditor (observer). Fr. De Guzman is one of the pioneers of Don Bosco Center of Studies’ Institute of Catechetics and Youth Ministry (ICYM) and was Dean of Studies from 2000 to 2006. He has served as consultant for several episcopal commissions and offices under the CBCP and the FABC, respectively.
2012 New Evangelization
A THEOLOGICAL-PASTORAL SYMPOSIUM AT ST. JOHN BOSCO PARISH, A. ARNAIZ AVENUE, MAKATI CITY ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2011, 8:00 AM TO 4:00 PM.
In anticipation of the XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Don Bosco Center of Studies held a symposium on the New Evangelization.
The Implications of the New Evangelization for the Church in Asia was presented by Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil, SDB, DD who considered the Lineamenta of the Synod on New Evangelization from the perspective of its challenges to mission in the Asian context. He was appointed as Bishop of Dibrugarh in 1981 by St. John Paul II. He then served as pastor of the Archdiocese of Guwahati for ten years until his retirement in early 2012. He was a Special Secretary to the Asian Synod of 1998 and a four-term Chairman of the Office of Evangelization of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC).
The Word of God and Women’s Participation in the New Evangelization in the Philippines Today, delivered by Sr. Anicia Co, RVM, SThD, PhD, links New Evangelization as a mandate to the Universal Church’s mission work as well as to the Church in the Philippines’ desire for a meaningful celebration of her five hundredth anniversary of Christianity in March 2021. She shows how women always had a significant participation in the work of evangelization. Sr. Co gained her Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium in 1987, and three years later her PhD in Religious Studies and Doctorate in Sacred Theology. A Scriptures professor in different schools of theology, she is also founding member of the Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines, and was Director at large of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) (2009-2011), and Member of the FABC Office of Theological Concerns, Bangkok, Thailand (2002-2012).
Communicating the Gospel in a Digital World: Challenges for New Evangelization, presented by Fr. Franz-Josef Eilers, SVD, PhD, reflects on the developments and concerns that have brought about a “new culture.” Fr. Eilers is Executive Secretary of the FABC Office of Social Communication and professor of Missiology, Pastoral Communication, Intercultural Communication, Religion (Church) and Communication and Spirituality. He has taught in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical Salesian University, and continues his teaching ministry in various schools of Theology, including the Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay, and University of Santo Tomas Graduate School in Manila.
2011 Youth Spirituality
A THEOLOGICAL-PASTORAL SYMPOSIUM AT ST. JOHN BOSCO PARISH, A. ARNAIZ AVENUE, MAKATI CITY ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2011, 8:00 AM TO 4:00 PM.
In the CBCP Year of the Youth (December 16, 2010-December 16, 2011), Don Bosco Center of Studies held a symposium on youth spirituality.
Challenges in Ministering to Postmodern Youth was presented by Fr. Fabio Attard, SDB, SThD, General Councilor for Youth Ministry of the Salesians of Don Bosco. He was born in Malta and, as a Salesian priest, his first pastoral assignment was to found a new Salesian presence in one of the suburbs of Tunis, Tunisia in 1988. He received his doctoral at the Milltown Institute for Philosophy and Theology in Dublin in 1999. He served as professor at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome and, in 2005, he was tasked by the Archdiocese of Malta to found and direct a new Pastoral Formation Institute for lay people.
Proposing the Spiritual Life to Filipino Youth was the talk given by Fr. Martin Macasaet, SDB, SThD, Rector of Don Bosco Technical College, Mandaluyong City and Professor of Youth Ministry and Youth Spirituality. He obtained his doctoral degree at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome and eventually chaired the Provincial Commission for Youth Ministry from 2001 to 2005. He is a consultant of the Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY) and headed the editorial board that produced the Ka-Lakbay, the Philippine Directory for Youth Ministry.
From Punch Cards to Facebook: The Unchanging Principles of Youth Ministry was presented by Mr. Raoul Roncal, MA, President of Christ’s Youth in Action. Mr. Roncal received his Master’s Degree in Theological Studies at the Loyola School of Theology in Quezon City. He is a member of the Servants of the Word and is the Youth Coordinator of the Ligaya ng Panginoon Community. He is part of the Faculty of the Theology Department of Ateneo de Manila University.
2010 Dialogue or Coexistence?
A THEOLOGICAL SYMPOSIUM AT JOY CENTER, DON BOSCO TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, CHINO ROCES AVENUE, MAKATI CITY ON JULY 24, 2010, 8:00 AM TO 4:30 PM.
Don Bosco Center of Studies took a closer look at the realities of interreligious dialogue and inculturation.
Understanding the Chinese Culture Mentality
Fr. Jose Vidamor Yu, LRMS, SThD, who lectured on the Chinese culture mentality, is a member of the Lorenzo Ruiz Mission Society, which is dedicated to Mission Ad Gentes. He completed his doctoral degree at the Gregorian University in Rome in 1999 with the dissertation Inculturation of the Filipino-Chinese Cultural Mentality. He is professor of Missiology, Theology of Religions, Missionary Spirituality, and Theology of Inculturation at the San Carlos Graduate School of Theology and at the Lorenzo Mission Institute, where he is also Vice-Rector and Dean of Seminarians.
Attitudes and Aptitudes for Interreligious Dialogue and Integration
Fr. Francis Vincent Anthony, SDB, SThD, who delivered this presentation, hails from Mumbai, India. He completed his doctoral studies in Rome in 1993 at the Salesian Pontifical University, where he is associate professor of Fundamental Practical Theology and Director of the Institute of Pastoral Theology. He is also visiting professor at the Scalabrini International Migration Institute, Pontifical Urbanian University, St. Thomas Pontifical University—all in Rome, and at the Kristu Jyoti College in Bangalore. Fr. Anthony is a member of the International Society of Empirical Research in Theology (ISERT), the International Academy of Practical Theology (IAPT), and the International Association of Catholic Missiologists (IACM). From 2004 to 2009, he was director of comparative empirical research among Christians, Muslims, and Hindus on Religion and Conflict in the Multireligious Context of Tamil Nadu, India, in collaboration with Professors Chris A. M. Hermans and Carl Sterkens of the Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands).
Christians-Muslims: Love and Truth Will Meet—Is It Possible?
Fr. Francois Jourdan, CJM, SThD, who lectured on the relations between Christians and Muslims, joined the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudist Fathers) in 1975. He obtained a double doctorate in Theology at the Institut Catholique de Paris and in History of Religions and Religious Anthropology at the University of Sorbonne in 1988. He taught at the Institut Catholique de Paris in 1992 and had a four-year stint at the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI) in Rome from 1994 to 1998. For ten years, he was in charge of the Catholic-Moslem relations of the Archdiocese of Paris. He is the author of Dieu des chretiens, Dieu des musulmans (Editions de l’Oeuvre 2008) which was translated recently into Italian. He is an advocate of non-violent action and a conscientious objector.
2009 Good Governance?
A THEOLOGICAL SYMPOSIUM AT ST. JOHN BOSCO PARISH, A. ARNAIZ AVENUE, MAKATI CITY ON NOVEMBER 4, 2009, 8:30 AM TO 4:00 PM.
As the nation prepared for the 2010 presidential elections, Don Bosco Center of Studies wanted to contribute some theological reflection and possible pastoral solutions to the political turmoil and the corruption that plagued some sectors of society, including the government.
From a Biblico-Theological Perspective
Fr. Francis J. Moloney, SDB, SThD, SSL, PhD (Oxon), FAHA spoke on Servant-Discipleship in the Gospel of St. Mark as God-Governance. Fr. Moloney is a biblical scholar who has authored several books, including The Gospel of St. Mark: A Commentary. He served as the Dean of Theology of the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., became a member of the International Theological Commission (ITC) of the Holy See, and Provincial Superior of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Australia, which includes the Islands of Samoa and Fiji.
From a Cultural Anthropological Perspective
Fr. Albert Alejo, SJ, PhD spoke on The Spirituality of Shared Integrity as Governance. Fr. Alejo is a doctorate holder in cultural anthropology, and founder of EHEM!—an educational program combating graft and corruption. He is also the founder and Director of the Mindanawon Initiatives for Cultural Dialogue and lectures at the Ateneo de Davao University.
From a Socio-Political Perspective
Mayor Sonia Lorenzo spoke on Political and Social Gains of Good Governance. As an ordinary mayor in a small town, she is extraordinary in her passion and dedication to serve. Through her advocacy of participative governance, she empowered the people of San Isidro, Nueva Ecija and improved the local economy of the town. Under her leadership, the town went from a second class to a fifth class municipality in just a few years. Her various projects made her known all throughout the country as an example of good governance practices which can be replicated. While many other people lose hope, she would say, “Kaya Natin!” (We can!) and created ways to do so.
2008 Word and Life
A THEOLOGICAL SYMPOSIUM AT ST. JOHN BOSCO PARISH, A. ARNAIZ AVENUE, MAKATI CITY ON JULY 21, 2008, 8:30 AM TO 4:30 PM.
On its silver jubilee year, Don Bosco Center of Studies held a theological symposium on the theme of the XII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops: The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church, as well as the Year of St. Paul (June 30, 2008-June 29, 2009).
Four noted experts on the Bible brought to light the significant influence of the Word of God on the life of God’s people from the time of Moses in the Old Testament, to the New Testament times of Saint Paul’s early communities, and finally to our time as a Church of the Poor in the Philippines.
Keynote Address: The Themes and Proceedings of the Synod of Rome 2008 was delivered by Bishop Broderick Pabillo, DD, SSL, Auxillary Bishop of Manila, and CBCP delegate to the synod.
The Role of the Torah in the Covenanted Community of Israel was presented by Fr. Jean Louis Ska, SJ, SSD. He discussed how the Word of God figured in the life and history of the Christian faith-community starting from its prefiguration in the covenanted people of Israel. Fr. Ska is a Belgian biblical scholar and expert on the Pentateuch, who teaches Old Testament Exegesis at the Pontificio Istituto Biblico in Rome.
St. Paul’s Proclamation of the Word to the Early Christian Communities was the topic of Fr. Gil Alinsangan, SSP, SSL, former Provincial of the St. Paul Fathers and Brothers, who teaches New Testament studies in different theological schools in Manila.
Breaking the Word in the Church of the Poor was presented by Sr. Miriam Alejandrino, OSB, SSL, SThD, former Mother Prioress General of the Benedictine Sisters of the Eucharistic King, who teaches Sacred Scriptures in various theological centers in the Philippines.
2007 Up Close & Personal
A THEOLOGICAL SYMPOSIUM AT ST. JOHN BOSCO PARISH, A. ARNAIZ AVENUE, MAKATI CITY ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2007, 8:30 AM TO 5:00 PM.
Don Bosco Center of Studies held its first theological symposium on three writings of Pope Benedict XVI.
It featured three eminent theologians who discussed the Pope’s mind, vision, and heart up close and personal since they all served the International Theological Commission (ITC) with then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith.
The Church for Our Time in the Mind of Joseph Ratzinger
His Excellency Msgr. Luis Antonio Tagle, DD, SThD (then Bishop of Imus and now Cardinal and Archbishop of Manila) developed Benedict XVI’s vision of the Post-Vatican II Church in the present and the future. A member of the ITC from 1997 to 2002, Bishop Tagle worked closely with Cardinal Ratzinger on the final document of Ecclesia in Asia.
Jesus Christ in the Eyes of Joseph Ratzinger
Rev. Fr. Catalino Arevalo, SJ, SThD spoke on the images of Jesus and the Christology of Benedict XVI. He was a member of ITC for 12 years during the papacy of Paul VI and John Paul II, and was the first and only Asian to serve there for many years. He is also a founding member of the Asian Bishops’ Theological Advisory Commission.
The Eucharist and God’s Love in the Heart of Joseph Ratzinger
Rev. Fr. Savio Hon Tai Fai, SDB, SThD (now Archbishop) spoke on Benedict XVI’s encyclical letters Sacramentum Caritatis and Deus Caritas Est. Aside from serving in the ITC, he also teaches in the Holy Spirit Seminary of Hong Kong and the Seminary of Shanghai. He was Provincial Superior of the Salesian China Province from 2000 to 2006.
Talakayan: A Theological-Pastoral Forum
Talakayan comes from the Filipino word talakay which means a conversation between two or more people concerning a definite topic in order to gain better understanding and a grasp of the truth.
This forum was organized by the FIN (Salesians of Don Bosco – Philippine North Province) students of Theology and features a series of four presentations that are meant to engage the academic community in a lively and enriching discussion as they learn from each other’s research, reflections, and experiences. It is open to all who are interested. The forum is held at Don Bosco Center of Studies Paranaque City on the dates listed below from 1:30-3:00 pm.
November 19, 2015 (Thursday)
Merciful Like the Father – Reflections on the Year of Mercy By Br. Juvelan Paul Samia, SDB
December 14, 2015 (Monday)
The World We Shall Leave Behind – Reflections on Laudato Si By Br. Ryan Oliver Bautista, SDB
February 16, 2016 (Tuesday)
Christ in You, Our Hope of Glory: Reflections on the 51st IEC By Br. Ramil Maranan, SDB
March 18, 2016 (Friday)
Emerging Theologies on the Family – From Gaudium et Spes to the 2015 Synod on the Family By Br. Marc Will Lim, SDB
As the Church celebrates the Year of Consecrated Life (November 30, 2014 – February 2, 2016), the seminarians and Theology students of DBCS have organized a Re-Concert – i.e. a recollection in concert form – to promote greater awareness of the realities of seminary and consecrated life and raise funds for their education at the same time.
Dubbed as Broadway in Another Way, the show features popular songs selected from Broadway hits and classics including Les Miserables, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Pippin, and Carousel, which will be sung to highlight various aspects of the seminarian’s life and the realities of their journey toward priesthood. Read more.