[Blueboard] REMEMBERING FR. GEORGE
Astorga . Ma. Christina A. PhD
chrissy at admu.edu.ph
Tue Jan 29 08:35:52 PHT 2002
VITALIANO R. GOROSPE,S.J.
When alumni look back to their years in the Ateneo,
having Fr. Gorospe as their teacher is one of their most cherished
memories. A grinning, joking, laughing Fr. George, as he is fondly
called, fills their remembering. Beneath his jovial and vivacious
demeanor, however, is a teacher's seriousness and purposefulness in
inspiring and challenging them to be men and women of faith,
justice, and compassion.
His 40 years of distinguished service cover the broad
span of his academic endeavors in Moral Philosophy, Liberation
Theology, Religious Education, Spirituality, and Popular
Religiosity. The sheer volume of his publications is astounding,
evidence of his prolific writings which have reached a wide
reading audience. His works have contributed to the Christian
formation and education of many generations of Filipinos--a
distinguished service for the Church in the Philippines.
He is a beloved wisdom figure in the Ateneo University, a
witness to the unfolding of its history, its lights and shadows,
its joys and pains. As the University moves to the future, he
will be remembered as one of its most endearing and enduring
pillars. In his generous and happy gift of himself as a priest,
teacher, and friend, his memory shall live on in many hearts.
He who is God's faithful servant and priest had lived
a life as full as his laughter was rich, and as his love was
deep. To have known and loved him is our special grace.
January 28, 2002
Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas
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