Short course sparks interest in theology

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Fr. José Antonio E. Aureada, O.P., S.Th.D., regent of the Graduate School of the University of Santo Tomás (UST), and an alumnus of the Angelicum in Rome, facilitates a crash course on theology for young professionals, catechists, lay ministers, charismatics, and others. (Photo: Louie P. Hermosa)

MANILA, Aug. 20, 2015—At least 70 people signed up recently for the monthly theology crash course at the University of Santo Tomás (UST), and more are expected to join in the days ahead.

The first formal class is set on Sunday, Aug. 23, 9:00 a.m., at the 2nd floor, Santo Tomás de Aquino Research Center, UST Graduate School, España Blvd., Sampaloc, Manila.

Growing interest

“We didn’t expect that so many people would be registering for it. It is good to know that more and more Catholics are interested in taking their knowledge of God beyond the basics,” said Louie P. Hermosa, one of the organizers of the 4th Sunday program, in an interview.

Launched on July 26, the series of lectures held at the university’s Santo Tomás de Aquino Research Center, drew mostly Catholic professionals from Metro Manila who wish to deepen their understanding of the faith, and satisfy their hunger for theological truths.


According to Hermosa, who works for a private company as well as a youth minister at Mandaluyong’s San Felipe Neri Parish, handouts will be available to participants to enable them to follow the lessons better.

Fr. José Antonio E. Aureada, O.P. is the course facilitator.

A Dominican friar, he also is a regent of the UST Graduate School, and a theologian who specializes in the works of St. Thomas Aquinas.

The priest earned in 1994 his doctorate degree in Sacred Theology major in Dogmatics in Angelicum, the center of Thomistic studies based in Rome.

Biblical theology, New Evangelization

Aureada has written several scholarly articles on the thought of his intellectual hero for various theological journals, both here and abroad.

His books are “Angelic Mind in a Human Face: Life of St. Thomas Aquinas in Visuals,” and “Thesis Writing for Theology Students: A Primer.”

Besides teaching the fundamentals and the history of theology, Aureada is set to tackle Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization.

Ongoing registration

At the end of the three-unit course, each student will receive a certificate on theology.

Registration is still open.

For more details and other information, contact (+63) 927-3967-776 and/or (+63)906-4100-010. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)

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