MANILA, Nov. 11, 2014 — 2014 Jaime Cardinal Sin Catholic Lifetime Achievement Awardee Fr. Catalino G. Arevalo, SJ. was honored in a segment at the 36th Catholic Mass Media awards night held at the GSIS Financial Center Theater, Pasay City on Oct. 29.
Arevalo, whom no less than the late Jaime Cardinal Sin recognized as the “Dean of all Filipino Theologians”, has written more than 9,000 pages of theological writing – “full of insightful and in-depth studies with an ‘Asian emphasis’.” In 1997, Sin awarded Arevalo with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award.
This is why Fr. Revs, as he is fondly called by students and friends is considered the “Father of Asian Theology,” not to mention “The Godfather of hundreds of priests.”
More than his “invaluable and visionary contribution” as a leading theologian, it is his personal witness as a man of God and his passion for the Gospel that have won him the award, Asian Catholic Communicators. Inc. (ACCI), an association of
Catholic media organizations in the Philippines and Asia, said in a press release.
The ACCI, which also congratulated other Jaime Cardinal Sin Catholic Book awardees, lauded Arevalo’s “exemplary Catholic life and apostolic zeal”, noting how his Christian values and ideals can be seen both in his works and in his life.
The other awardees were: Fr. Christian Buenafe, and Jesus Dacillo, PhD. et. al. for Best Book on Ministry category entitled “Spirit Moves”; Grace Nono for Best Book on Spirituality for the book “Song of the Babaylan”; Bo Sanchez for Best Book
on Family Life, entitled “The Old Path of Loving Relationships”; Alberto Agra for Best Book on Youth and Children, “Life as it should be”; a Citation plaque for Fr. Eugene Salgado Elivera and Fr. Joselito Alviar Jose for Best Book on Theology with their book,” Morality of the Heart.”
The 36th CMMA themed “Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter” emphasized Pope Francis’s message during the World Communications Day on June 1.
The late Jaime Cardinal Sin established the Asian Catholic Communicators. Inc., (ACCI), which honors authors and publishers yearly through the Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards night.
ACCI comprises the following members: Paulines Publishing House, Bayard Assumption Media Foundation, Catholic Book Center , Claretian Communications Foundation, Inc. , Communication Foundation for Asia, Institute of Spirituality in Asia Jesuit Communications Foundation Inc., Logos Publication, Shepherd’s Voice Publications, St Pauls and Word and Life. (CBCP News)