The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Ecclesiastical Faculties has announced that they will release a series of special journal issues for the celebration of 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines.
Philippiniana Sacra, the official publication of the UST Ecclesiastical Faculties, has dedicated its first three issues for this year to talk about the early years of religious missionaries in the Philippine archipelago. (Read: The 500-Year History of Catholicism in the Philippines)
“The works, collected here, present an in-depth scholarly understanding of the missionaries’ collegial efforts in evangelizing the so-called ‘bastion of Christianity’ in Asia, which started in the 1500s,” said its editor, Fr. Jesus Miranda, OP.
Topics to be covered in the journal will range from key historical figures, missionary approaches, the establishment of centers for evangelization, the arts, and the development of educational institutions.
According to Miranda, the special issues for Philippiniana Sacra are the university’s contribution to mark the quincentennial anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines. Miranda also serves as secretary-general at the UST as of the moment. (Read: 3 PH Schools to Consider if You Want to Become a Priest)
Dr. Jorge Mojarro, a professor in the UST Graduate school, will be serving as guest editor for the issues. His specialization in global Hispanic literature and experiences in teaching and doing research on transpacific studies and early Iberian accounts about Asia pose an exciting addition to Philippiniana Sacra.
Aside from the three issues dedicated to the 500-year anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines, the UST journal will also release a special issue to mark the 800th death anniversary of St. Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers. (Read: Meet the Millennial Who Gave up Success to Become a Dominican Friar)
The UST’s Center for Theology, Religious Studies, and Ethics is already working on the second volume. It will center on the theme, “The Dominican Way of Building the Church.”