University of Santo Tomas Institute of Religion
|University of Santo Tomas
Institute of Religion
|Director||Rev. Fr. Winston Ferdinand Roman F. Cabading, STL-MA, OP|
|Secretary||Asst. Prof. Allan A. Basas, SThL-MA|
|Location||Main Building, UST, Sampaloc, Manila|
|Patron saint||Saint Mary Magdalene|
As one of the offices under the Vice Rector for Religious Affairs, the IR has been a prime mover in campus evangelization primarily through classroom instruction. Located at the heart of the UST Main Building, the site of IR's office symbolizes the directive of the Church that theology should be the core of the curriculum in Catholic institutions.
The UST Institute of Religion, while upholding the mission of the University, are committed to building a Praying, Discerning, Witnessing and Evangelizing Community of Catholic Educators whose love for Christ and His Church serves as our wellspring in fostering integral Christian formation of the Thomasian community. In line with this commitment, the Institute pursues efforts to the development of:
- well-formed young Christian professionals among our students who can effect meaningful changes in our society;
- committed Christian educators and experts among ourselves in various fields of Theology and Religious Education; and
- service-oriented members of the Thomasian community committed to work for the welfare of the local academic community as well as to reach out especially to the less fortunate members of the society.
To attain these goals, we make the following as our objectives:
- To contribute to the nurturing and strengthening of our community life;
- To provide students with the integral Christian formation founded on the Scriptures, Church teachings and Thomistic traditions
- To equip our faculty members, Religious Education and Theology teachers and Graduate students in Theology with necessary studies, training, research for professional development;
- To offer assistance and work closely with the academic community on matters affecting their Christian life and obligations as educators in a Catholic university;
- To collaborate with the Campus Ministry in fostering the spiritual growth of the non-academic community; and
- To collaborate with organizations and groups of the University committed to community services and outreach programs.
The Institute of Religion of the University of Santo Tomas was established in June 1933 when a reorganization of all Religion classes took place. From the foundation of the University in 1611 up to close of the 19th century, the administration could not see the need of a department specifically dedicated to the task of coordinating the formal and practical religious instruction of the University students. Religion, then, was the very core of the education of the youth within or outside the campus. It was an important part of the curriculum required by the education authorities of the country.
The Institute was organized and headed by the Very Rev. Fr. Francisco del Rio, O.P. in 1933. The task of appointing and forming faculty members teaching Religion as well as the preparation of the curriculum and coordination of the religious projects and activities constituted its basic functions.
Presently, the Institute of Religion is entrusted with the responsibility of providing the students with a Catholic education through academic instruction in the different curricular offerings of Theology in the civil faculties and colleges. There are currently five course offerings:
|Course Code||Title||Course Description|
|Contextualized Salvation History||A study of the fullness of God’s manifestation in the person of Christ as seen through the Sacred Scriptures. This coursed is aimed towards an understanding of Sacred Scriptures so that the student may live by the word of God and may reveal Christ through his conduct.|
|Church and Sacraments||This course is based on the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church (Lumen Gentium). A study of the saving Action of Christ through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony.|
Theology 3 or
|Christian Ethics||This course deals with the understanding of the meaning of being a Christian. It looks into the Christian concept of the human person and the meaning of freedom and responsibility. It attempts to articulate the lifestyle and attitudes in keeping with the values of Christ and how to be equipped and strengthened to face challenges that confront us. Guided by the reflection of the Church through the ages, anchored on Scriptures and Tradition, it addresses issues on life, sexuality and truth that modern man faces today.|
Theology 4 or
|The Social Teachings of the Church||(Mater at Magistra, Pacem in Terris, Populorum Progressio, Pastoral Constitution on the Church on the Modern World) – A study of the present Filipino life: in the family, in his work, in his social contacts. The Filipino—his outlook on life, his faith. Problems, studying the social and cultural conditions; offering solutions in the light of the teachings of the Church.|
Theology 5 or
|Marriage and Family||The nature and fundamental importance of sexuality. The nature of marriage. Theology of marriage. Parental duties and rights. Limits of parental duties and rights. The family and community. Characteristics of the modern family. Problems of the family in today’s society.|
This education is founded in the Scriptures, Church teachings and Thomistic tradition. As an integral element of its mission-vision statement, the Institute of Religion endeavors to form young Christian professionals who are inspired by the values of the Gospel and are committed to bring about meaningful changes in society.
The Institute of Religion is under the Vice-Rector for Religious Affairs (VRRA), working in collaboration with other offices under the VRRA, namely, the Center for Campus Ministry (CCM) and the Office for Community Development (OCD).
- University of Santo Tomas - Official website
- UST Institute of Religion - Official Website
- UST Central Library- Central Library Website
- Santisimo Rosario Parish - UST Parish