Academic Programs
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF LITURGY
About Us

Historical Note

The Program of Master of Arts in Liturgy developed from the renewal courses on liturgy offered by the Paul VI Institute of Liturgy in Malaybalay City since 1991. On December 7, 1998 the Commission on Higher Education granted to San Beda College the permit to open and conduct the course of Master of Arts in Liturgy in consortium with Paul VI Institute of Liturgy. On July 18, 2001, the Commission approved the opening of the MA in Liturgy Program in the Manila campus. Starting Academic Year, 2002-2003, the Program of Master of Arts in Liturgy has been offered at San Beda College campus.

 

Vision - Mission

The SBC Graduate School of Liturgy is envisioned to contribute to the continuing formation and training of the personnel for liturgical ministry and education in the Philippine Church. Through its Master of Arts program, the SBC Graduate School of Liturgy aims to form and train professors of liturgy, liturgy formators, directors of liturgical committees, and parish liturgy coordinators. The doctoral program, in turn, advances the aim of the MA program seeking to enhance the candidates’ ability to handle liturgical matters, issues, and questions in all pertinent aspects—historical, theological, celebrative, and pastoral—for teaching, ministry, and research.

 

Unique Features

With its corps of professors and mentors who are holders of licentiate and doctoral degrees in Sacred Liturgy mostly from the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy in Rome, GSL is the only graduate level school of liturgy in the country with masteral and doctoral programs in liturgy. It offers a two-track MA program consisting of an academic MA degree (MA in Liturgy) which requires a thesis with a minimum of 80 pages, and a professional (non-thesis) MA degree (MA in Liturgical Studies) which requires a research/project paper of around 50 pages.

 
Academic Programs
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF LITURGY
Course Offerings

A. The Master of Arts Course Program

First Year

First Trimester

Theology of the Liturgy (1.5 units) - Deals with the nature and purpose of Christian worship as renewed by Vatican Council II. The course focuses on the liturgy’s theological, Christological, pneumatological, ecclesiological, and symbolic aspects.

 

Sacramental Theology (1.5 units) - Continues the path taken by the course Theology of the Liturgy [Lit 02a].  Presupposing the students’ solid knowledge of the theological, Christological, pneumatological, ecclesiological, and symbolic aspects of the Liturgy, this course leads the students to identify the aforesaid theological dimensions in the whole sacramental reality as well as in each of the seven sacraments, to consider their celebrative and pastoral dimensions, and the spirituality that flows from their celebration. 

 

Introduction to Liturgical Latin (3.0 units) - Introduces the students into the basic structure of the language in which the Roman liturgy and its official documents are originally published.

  

Second Trimester

Latin Liturgical Translation (3.0 units) - Familiarizes the student with Latin technical terms often used in the liturgy and how they should be translated into the vernacular.

 

History of the Liturgy (3.0 units) - Surveys the historical development of the shape of Christian worship from the New Testament through the patristic period and the middle ages down to the present time. The course offers insights on what can be learned from history that can benefit liturgical understanding and practice today.

 

Third Trimester

 

Christian Initiation (1.5 units) - Covers the sacrament of Baptism for infants, the stages of  the catechumenate of adults, the sacrament of Confirmation, and First Communion. The course includes pastoral guidelines on the celebration of these sacraments on the basis of their history and liturgical theology.

 

Lay Liturgical Ministries (1.5 units) - Presents the different liturgical ministries exercised by lay persons whether as presiders or ministers. The course discusses also the practice of the Sunday Assembly in the Absence of a Priest under the leadership of lay ministers.

 

Liturgical Books and Documents (3.0 units) - Studies the different types of books used in the liturgy as well as the documents that the Church has issued in connection with the discipline and renewal of liturgical celebrations.

Second Year

First Trimester

Liturgical Music (1.5 units) -  Surveys the historical development of Church music until the reform of Vatican Council II and presents the types of Philippine music that can influence the composition of liturgical music.

 

Sacraments of Commitment I [Ordination] (1.0 unit) - Examines the theology of holy orders especially from existing liturgical books and documents.

 

Sacraments of Commitment II [Marriage] (1.0 unit) - Traces the historical and theological development of the rite of marriage from the Roman times to the present and points out its ritual and pastoral effects on the celebration of the sacrament today.

 

Liturgical Seminar (1.0 unit)  - Exposes the students to liturgical topics and issues that are not provided in the regular curriculum.  To fulfill this requirement, each student must participate in at least three seminars or conferences on various liturgical topics and present a certificate of attendance and/or participation in attestation thereto.

 

Sacramentals and Blessings (1.5 units) - Deals with the history, theology, and pastoral practice of such sacramentals as the rites of religious profession and of Christian funerals and the various rites of blessings contained in the Book of Blessings.

  

Second Trimester

Theology and Celebration of the Eucharist (2.0 units) - Studies the historical development of the Eucharist from the Last Supper to its present shape as described in the fifth edition of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. The course examines the doctrine and symbolic elements of the various parts of the celebration, especially the liturgy of the Word and the liturgy of the Eucharist.

 

Sacraments of Healing I [Anointing of the Sick] (1.0 unit) - Studies the history, theology, and pastoral practice of the care and anointing of the sick and analyzes the theological and pastoral problems connected with it.

 

Liturgical Time I [Liturgical Year] (2.0 units) - Explores the theology and pastoral dimension of the Liturgical Year, especially the Sunday assembly, the feasts of Easter and Christmas, the liturgical seasons, and other activities in the liturgical calendar.

  

Third Trimester

Principles of Liturgical Education (3.0 units) - In view of enhancing the task of communicating the rich liturgical doctrine of the Church whether in preaching or in formal teaching, this course explores the mystagogical paradigm prescribed by pertinent Church documents for teaching liturgical doctrine. It considers liturgy in its theologico-liturgical, celebrative, and anthropologico-spiritual aspects and provides venue for students to exercise themselves in articulating the same.

 

Liturgical Time II [Liturgy of the Hours] (1.0 unit) - Studies the history and theology of the Liturgy of the Hours and its different ritual components.

 

Inculturation of the Liturgy (2.0 units) - Defines liturgical inculturation from liturgical and cultural perspectives, studies the process of inculturation, analyzes the components of culture and the methods of inculturation, and offers historical and contemporary models, especially the Misa ng Bayang Pilipino and Pagdiriwang ng Pag-iisang Dibdib. 

 

Sacraments of Healing II [Penance] (1.0 unit) - Studies the history, theology, and pastoral practice of the sacrament of penance and reconciliation and analyzes the theological and pastoral problems connected with it.

Summer

Research Methodology I (3.0 units) - Serves as an integration-synthesis course aimed at enabling the students to see the whole course program from a global perspective. The course introduces and exercises students to various types and aspects of liturgical research that can form part of possible itineraries for liturgical discourse of either academic or pastoral nature, or both.

 

Research Methodology II (3.0 units) - Orients and initiates the students into writing a thesis or a research-project paper on a liturgical topic.  It begins with an exposition on the qualities of a liturgical thesis/research-project paper, proceeds to the articulation of the status quaestionis, the scope and limitation, the significance of the study, its contribution to liturgical science, the methodology and research itinerary, proper citation of sources and studies, organization, and development of the thesis/research paper.

 

The Doctoral Course Program

 

The program comprises 60 units which include 42 units of course work (= 12 units of basic courses and 30 units of major courses), internship and practicum (teaching/research assistantship  = 6 units), and the dissertation ( =12 units).

 

Basic Courses (12 units)

 

  • Seminar-Workshop on Advanced Liturgical Research (Comparative Liturgy)
  • A Hermeneutical Research on the Vatican II Liturgy Constitution: Its History, Sources, Theology and Pastoral Implementation
  • Research-Seminar on Principles of Liturgical Education and Formation
  • Principles for Pastoral Liturgical Praxis: A Methodological Research

 

Major Courses (30 units)

 

The major courses cover the following essential areas of liturgical science:  Liturgical Theology, Liturgical Sources, Practical/Pastoral Liturgy, Rituality, Liturgical Spirituality.

 

      Liturgical Theology:

  • The Collectio Missarum de Beata Maria Virgine: A Study of Its Sources and Theological    Themes
  • Hermeneutical Research Itinerary for Liturgical Texts and for the Lectionary

 

     Liturgical Sources

  • Seminar on Selected Themes on Bible and Liturgy
  • Seminar on the Theology of the Paschal Mystery in Selected Patristic Homilies

 

Practical/Pastoral Liturgy

  • Seminar-Workshop on Practical Inculturation
  • Ecumenical Convergences on Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry: A Research Itinerary
  • Seminar on Liturgical Law

 

      Rituality

  • Seminar on the Praenotanda of the Liturgical Books
  • Seminar on Oriental Liturgies

 

 

     Liturgical Spirituality
  • Seminar on the Anthropological Underpinnings of Liturgical Feasts and Seasons
  • Seminar on Special Themes on Liturgical Spirituality

 

Internship and Practicum: Teaching/Research Assistantship (6 units)

 

Dissertation (12 units)

 

Class Schedules

The program is on a trimester basis: I: June – September; II: September – December; III: January – April.  Classes are held only on Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Aside from classes on regular class days, students are encouraged to participate in liturgical symposia and conferences for exposure and opportunities to interact with fellow liturgists of the country.  Two of such occasions are the annual National Meeting of Diocesan Directors of Liturgy which has been going on since 1986 and the Liturgy Conference that is held annually around the Easter time.

 
 
Academic Programs
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF LITURGY
Administrators
Dr. Josefina M. Manabat
Dr. Josefina M. Manabat, EdD, SLD
Dean
Dean's Council
Rev. Fr. Genaro O. Diwa
Rev. Fr. Genaro O. Diwa, SLL
(ex officio, Executive Secretary, CBCP-ECL)
Rev. Msgr. Ricardo Jesus T. Serrano
Rev. Msgr. Ricardo Jesus T. Serrano
SLD
Rev. Fr. Virgilio B. Hernandez
Rev. Fr. Virgilio B. Hernandez
DLit
Rosters of Faculty
Fr. Genaro O. Diwa
Fr. Genaro O. Diwa, SLL
Licentiate in Sacred Liturgy, Pontifical
Liturgical Institute, Rome; Doctorate in Liturgy (cand.), San Beda College Graduate
School of Liturgy.

Address:
Arzobispado de Manila,
121 Arzobispo Street, Intramuros, Manila.

Fr. Jose Fortunato J. Garces
Fr. Jose Fortunato J. Garces, OAR, DL
Licentiate in Sacred Liturgy, Pontifical
Liturgical Institute, Rome; Doctorate in
Liturgy, San Beda College Graduate School of Liturgy.

Address: 24 Neptune Street, Congressional Avenue,
Barangay Bahay Toro, Quezon City.

Fr. Virgilio B. Hernandez
Fr. Virgilio B. Hernandez, SLL, DL
Licentiate in Sacred Liturgy, Pontifical
Liturgical Institute, Rome; Doctorate in
Liturgy, San Beda College Graduate School of Liturgy.

Address:
St. Thomas of Aquinas Parish,
Sto. Tomas, Batangas.

Fr. Wilfredo Angelo S. Legal
Fr. Wilfredo Angelo S. Legal, OSB
Master of Arts in Liturgy, St. John’s
University, Collegeville, Minnesota.
School of Liturgy.

Address:
Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat,
Mendiola St., Manila

Fr . Roberto L. Luanzon
Fr . Roberto L. Luanzon, Jr. OP
Licentiate in Sacred Liturgy, Pontifical
Liturgical Institute, Rome; Doctorate in
Liturgy (cand.), San Beda College Graduate School of Liturgy.

Address:
UST Central Seminary, España, Manila.

Fr. Reginald R. Malicdem
Fr. Reginald R. Malicdem, MAL
Master of Arts in Liturgy, San Beda
College Graduate School of Liturgy, Manila School of Liturgy.

Address:
Residencia del Arzobispo,
Arzobispado de Manila, 121 Arzobispo St., Intramuros, Manila.

Dr. Josefina M. Manabat
Dr. Josefina M. Manabat, EdD, SLD
Master of Arts in Theological Studies, Ateneo de Manila University;
Doctorate in Religious Education, De La Salle University; Doctorate in
Sacred Liturgy, Pontifical Liturgical Institute, Rome

Address:
Sta. Catalina College, Legarda, Manila

Fr. Leo Nilo C. Mangussad
Fr. Leo Nilo C. Mangussad
Magister in Sacred Music, Institute of Sacred Music, Rome

Address:
Shrine of Mary, Queen of Peace (Our Lady of EDSA), EDSA cor. Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City.

Fr. Benildus Ma. P. Maramba
Fr. Benildus Ma. P. Maramba, OSB
Master in Music, John Hopkins University; Master of Musical Arts, Yale University; Licentiate in Canon Law, University of Sto. Tomas, España, Manila.

Address:
Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat, Mendiola, Manila

Fr. Raul L. Pura
Fr. Raul L. Pura, CM, SLL
Licentiate in Sacred Liturgy, Pontifical Liturgical Institute, Rome. St.

Address:
Vincent Seminary, 221 Tandang Sora Ave., Quezon City

Fr. Amelito D. Racelis
Fr. Amelito D. Racelis, SDB, SLL
Licentiate in Sacred Liturgy, Pontifical Liturgical Institute, Rome

Address:
Don Bosco Missionary Seminary and Sacred Heart Novitiate, Lawaan, Talisay City, Cebu

Msgr. Florencio P. Salvador
Msgr. Florencio P. Salvador, Jr., SLD
Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy, Pontifical Liturgical Institute, Rome

Address:
St. Francis Xavier Church, Gran Via St., Pueblo de Oro Township, Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City

Msgr. Ricardo Jesus T. Serrano
Msgr. Ricardo Jesus T. Serrano, SLD
Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy, Pontifical Liturgical Institute, Rome

Address:
San Agustin Parish, City of San Fernando, Pampanga

Fr. Dennis S. Soriano
Fr. Dennis S. Soriano, MAL
Master of Arts in Liturgy, San Beda College Graduate School of Liturgy, Manila

Address:
San Agustin Parish, City of San Fernando, Pampanga

Most. Rev. Julius S. Tonel
Most. Rev. Julius S. Tonel, SLL, DD
Licentiate in Sacred Liturgy, Pontifical Liturgical Institute, Rome

Address:
Bishop's Residence, P.O. Box 7283, Ipil, 7001 Zamboanga Sibugay

Msgr. Andres S. Valera, SLL
Msgr. Andres S. Valera, SLL
Licentiate in Sacred Liturgy, Pontifical Liturgical Institute, Rome

Address:
Immaculate Conception Seminary, Tabe, Guiguinto, Bulacan

Fr. Oliver G. Yalung, SLL
Fr. Oliver G. Yalung, SLL
Licentiate in Sacred Liturgy, Pontifical Liturgical Institute, Rome

Address: Mother of Good Counsel Seminary, City of San Fernando, Pampanga

Staff
Ms. Mary Jane J. Morales
Ms. Mary Jane J. Morales
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