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University of Santo Tomas Faculties of Ecclesiastical Studies

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UST Faculties of Ecclesiastical Studies

Façade of the Central Seminary

The University of Santo Tomas Faculties of Ecclesiastical Studies (also known as UST Ecclesiastical Faculties and UST-Eccle) are the ecclesiastical schools of the University of Santo Tomas, the oldest and the largest Catholic university in Manila, Philippines.

Ecclesiastical Faculties consist of academic programs being offered since the University was founded in 1611, which prepare young men for the priesthood and for lay ministry service in the church. The degree programs for undergraduate studies were first offered, where the Faculties of Sacred Theology and Philosophy were founded. The Faculty of Canon Law was established in 1733.


  • The Ecclesiastical Faculties 1
    • Faculty of Sacred Theology 1.1
      • Sisters' Institute for Theological Formation 1.1.1
    • Faculty of Philosophy 1.2
    • Faculty of Canon Law 1.3
  • Degree programs 2
    • Faculty of Sacred Theology 2.1
    • Faculty of Philosophy 2.2
    • Faculty of Canon Law 2.3
  • References 3
  • External links 4

The Ecclesiastical Faculties

The Ecclesiastical Faculties, an integral part of the University of Santo Tomas, consist of the following:

  • Faculty of Sacred Theology
  • Faculty of Philosophy
  • Faculty of Canon Law

The three Ecclesiastical Faculties are organically independent of one another, each one having its own governing body, faculty staff, and students, as well as their particular academic courses and programs.[1]

They are entrusted by the Church with the task of preparing with special care students for the priestly ministry, for teaching the sacred sciences, and for the more arduous task of the apostolate. Furthermore, they are enjoined by the Church "to promote the continuing permanent education of the ministers of the Church".[1]

As the primary component of the Catholic University of the Philippines, the Ecclesiastical Faculties share in the University’s responsibility to be an educative community permeated by the spirit of freedom and charity; in particular, the Ecclesiastical Faculties strive to become, in word and witness, a fraternal Christian community, nourished by prayer and the celebration of the Eucharist.[1]

University of Santo Tomas
Faculty of Sacred Theology
  • 1611 – Facultad de Sagrada Teología
  • 1978 – Sisters' Institute for Theological Formation
Dean Rev. Fr. Rodel E. Aligan, O.P., S.Th.D.
Location Central Seminary, UST, Sampaloc, Manila
Patron saint St. Thomas Aquinas
Colors      White

Faculty of Sacred Theology

Established in 1611, the purpose of the Faculty of Sacred Theology is to teach and conduct research on the truths of salvation revealed by God, preserved and taught by the Catholic Church, and lived, in union with the Universal Church, by the Christians in the Philippines and the Southeast Asia. It is tasked with the formation of the clergy and of the faithful at the level required for the certification of academic degrees conferred under the authority of the Holy See. It likewise aims to have a continued close collaboration with the Church Hierarchy, particularly with regard to the scientific analyis of the issues and problems of the times and their theological discernment from Christian faith, directed to integral Christian praxis.[2]

The Faculty of Sacred Theology is as old as the University itself, since the primary purpose of the Dominican Fathers in founding this institution of learning was to train from among the young men who flocked to their lecture rooms worthy ministers of the altar.[2]

Sisters' Institute for Theological Formation

July 1978 marked the foundation of the Sisters' Institute for Theological Formation (SITF), affiliated to the Faculty of Sacred Theology of the University of Santo Tomas. The first graduates of the two-year course received their diplomas on 28 March 1980.[2]

With fifty-eight enrollees in school year 1978 to 1979, the SITF has grown to an enrollment of ninety-three students from twelve different Religious Congregations and Institutes for school year 1981–1982. At present, the Congregations, Institutes and Dioceses represented number to a total of eighteen.[2]

The organization of the SITF is a response of the University of Santo Tomas to the needs of religious women for both theological and religious formation. And, in seeking the accreditation of the program by the Commission on Higher Education in 1995, the University responded to the needs for well-trained teachers of religion and values.[2]

University of Santo Tomas
Faculty of Philosophy
Established 1611
Dean Rev. Fr. Richard G. Ang, OP, PhD[3]
Location Central Seminary, UST, Sampaloc, Manila
Former names
  • 1896 – Faculty of Philosophy and Letters
Patron saint St. Catherine of Alexandria
Colors      Blue

Faculty of Philosophy

Philosophy was one of the earliest academic programs being offered since the University of Santo Tomas was founded in 1611. Bachelor, Licentiate and Doctorate degrees in Philosophy, by that time, were given only to those who are entering for priesthood, through the Faculty of Philosophy. In 1896, the program was enlarged and subsequently called Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, 285 years after the University’s foundation.[4]

In 1927, when the Central Seminary was to be established directly under the Sacred Congregation on Seminaries and Universities, and the University Administration, a complete separation of religious and lay students was brought about, according to the wishes of the Church, two courses had to be established:[5]

  • Ecclesiastical, subject to the laws of the Church; and
  • Civil, subject to Philippine state legislation.

For this reason, the Faculty of Philosophy was established in the Central Seminary. This was intended to enable the students to undertake the study of Sacred Theology more profitably later on.[5]

In the academic year 1959–1960, the University of Santo Tomas was allowed to offer a four-year Classical Liberal Arts Course simultaneously with the regular course offered by the Faculty of Philosophy, in accordance with Government Recognition No. 254, series of 1966, dated 22 July 1966. Thus, the curricula of the Faculty of Philosophy and of the Faculty of Arts and Letters were integrated in such wise that students enrolled in the said Faculty may obtain their Bachelor of Arts Classical degree (A.B. Classical).[5]

Beginning with the academic year 1973–1974, all the institutional courses of philosophy were given in the first two years, making up the first cycle or first biennium leading to the Bachelor in Philosophy degree (PhB). The second cycle or second biennium would comprise the special courses leading to the Licentiate in Philosophy degree (PhL). The third cycle leads to a doctoral degree (PhD).[5]

With the revision of the curriculum in the academic year 2001–2002, the A.B. Classical (civil degree) may be obtained in three years. By granting the privilege of an "autonomous status" to the University by the Philippine government in 2002, an ecclesiastical degree may be given its civil degree equivalent.[5]

University of Santo Tomas
Faculty of Canon Law
Established 1733
Dean Rev. Fr. Jose Ma. B. Tinoko, O.P., JCD
Location , UST, Sampaloc, Manila
Former names
  • 1681 – as an integral course of Moral Theology
Patron saint St. Raymond of Peñafort
Colors      Green

Faculty of Canon Law

The Faculty of Canon Law aims to study and to promote the juridical disciplines in the light of the Gospel and to mold the students in the spirit of the Church's common Law, so that they may be prepared for scientific research regarding its development and interpretation, to teach the same in seminaries, houses of studies and Ecclesiastical Faculties, and be trained for professional practice in diocesan and religious curias as well as to hold special ecclesiastical posts. The Faculty of Canon Law shall research with special interest for ways and means to harmonize the difference between the laws of the Church and those of the State.[6]

Degree programs

Faculty of Sacred Theology

  • AB Major in Theology (Institute of Theological Formation)
  • Master of Arts in Ministry
  • Master of Arts in Theology
  • Bachelor in Sacred Theology
  • Licentiate in Sacred Theology
  • Doctorate in Sacred Theology

Faculty of Philosophy

  • AB Classical
  • Bachelor in Philosophy
  • Licentiate in Philosophy
  • Doctorate in Philosophy

Faculty of Canon Law

  • Bachelor in Canon Law
  • Licentiate in Canon Law
  • Doctorate in Canon Law


  1. ^ a b c Ecclesiastical Studies, retrieved 23 January 2010
  2. ^ a b c d e Faculty of Sacred Theology, retrieved 23 January 2010
  3. ^ UST Faculty of Philosophy - General Information
  4. ^ The Thomasian Philosophers: Benchmarking Excellence for Academic Philosophy in the Philippines, retrieved 23 January 2010
  5. ^ a b c d e Faculty of Philosophy, UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS, retrieved 23 January 2010
  6. ^ Faculty of Canon Law, retrieved 23 January 2010

External links

  • University of Santo Tomas – Official website
  • Faculties of Ecclesiastical Studies of the University of Santo Tomas
  • Ecclesiastical Faculties Website
    • Faculty of Sacred Theology
    • Faculty of Philosophy
    • Faculty of Canon Law

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