[Blueboard] Teilhard de Chardin Conference

Dr. Fabian M. Dayrit fdayrit at ateneo.edu
Mon Aug 28 11:54:31 PHT 2006

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International Teilhard_Asia_2006 Conference
August 31~September 3, 2006

     On January 29, 1988 the CBCP issued a landmark Pastoral Letter on
Ecology: "What Is Happening to Our Beautiful Land?" Again, on September
1, 2003, the president of the CBCP, Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo, DD,
issued a pastoral statement "Celebrating Creation Day and Creation Time."
To commence this year's observation of a Time of Creation, GeoChris
Foundation, Inc., Ateneo de Manila University and Loyola School of
Theology will host the International Teilhard_Asia_2006 Conference
(August 31 -- September 3).
     Ateneo's three-day International Conference on Teilhard de Chardin
has as its theme: "Teilhard de Chardin's Significance for a Planetary
Ethics and Creation Spiritualities." The conference is in commemoration
of Teilhard's 125th birth anniversary (1881-1955), and in celebration of
Creation Day, September 1.
     World-renowned conference speakers include Dr. Ursula King of Bristol
University, England, where she is Professor Emerita of Theology and
Religious Studies. She is the first keynote speaker on "Teilhard's
Significance for a Planetary Ethics and Creation Spiritualities."
     Another distinguished speaker (for September 2) is Fr. Henri Boulad,
SJ, from Alexandria, Egypt, who will speak on "Teilhard between Science
and Mysticism." Fr. Boulad was Superior of the Jesuit House in Alexandria
(1975-1979) and was promoted twice by the French President François
Mitterand "Officer of the National Order of Merit" in 1982 and as
"Commander of the National Order of Merit." Fr. Boulad, SJ, has published
more than 30 books in 14 languages. Promised a brilliant career in the US,
he has been most decided "to get back to Egypt to serve his country till
     Sr. Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, President of the prestigious Metanexus
Institute that sponsors science and religion interactions around the
world will speak on "Teilhard's Science: The Spiritual Power of Matter."
Sr. Duffy is a physicist and taught physics at Ateneo de Manila several
years ago.
    On Saturday afternoon, September 2, the second day of the Conference,
participants will present their own papers in parallel workshops at
Loyola School of Theology. One paper that will be of interest to local
participants especially is that of Sixto Roxas. In the evening, Fr. Jose
Mario C. Francisco, SJ, will launch his latest edited book: "Science and
Religion ... and Culture in the Jesuit Tradition: Perspectives from East
Asia." The book launching will be followed by a T'boli Dinner
Presentation, featuring the T'boli indigenous version of The Universe
     On the third day, Sunday September 3, Fr. Jose Mario C. Francisco,
SJ, newly elected president of the Loyola School of Theology, will give
his keynote address on: "Culture, the Third Partner in the
Science-Religion Conversation: A Philippine Perspective." After the last
keynote address, the Conference will celebrate an Earth Day Liturgy
during the regular Sunday Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the

     Registered participants of the Conference pay PHP 3,000.00, receive a
Conference Kit, and will be served meals during the 3 days. Students will
be given discounts. Walk-in participants pay PHP 500.00 per day (without
meals). On-site registration is possible! For further inquiries contact
the Teilhard_Asia_2006 Conference Secretariat: Tel./Fax: +63 2 948 5371,
or (0919) 5151411

Thursday, August 31, 2006
16:30-18:00 Registration (Escaler Hall)
18:00-19:30 Opening Ceremonies (Escaler Hall)
Invocation: Most. Rev. Honesto F. Ongtioco, DD
Opening Remarks: Dr. Ma. Assunta C. Cuyegkeng
Introduction of the Conference Theme: Fr. Georg Ziselsberger, SVD
19:30-20:30 Welcome Dinner (Mateo Ricci Foyer)
Welcome Message: Fr. Bienvenido F. Nebres, SJ

Friday, September 1, 2006 Creation Day
08:30-10:00 1st Main Address: Dr. Ursula King (Escaler Hall)
Teilhard's Significance for a Planetary Ethics and Creation Spiritualities
... Open Forum
10:00-10:30 Coffee Break (Escaler Foyer)
10:30-12:00 2nd Main Address: Sr. Kathleen Duffy, SSJ (Escaler Hall)
Teilhard's Science: The Spiritual Power of Matter
... Open Forum
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break (Mateo Ricci Foyer)
14:00-15:30 Presentation: Jennifer Morgan: Universe Story Trilogy (Escaler
Born With A Bang ... From Lava To Life ... Mammals Who Morph
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break (Escaler Foyer)
16:00-17:00 Book Launching: Jennifer Morgan  (Escaler Hall)
Mammals Who Morph (Nevada: Dawn Publications, 2006)
17:00-18:00 Free Time
18:00-19:00 First Friday Mass -- Creation Day Liturgy (Church of the Gesú)
19:00-20:30 Dinner (Mateo Ricci Foyer)

Saturday, September 2, 2006
08:30-10:00 3rd Main Address: Henri Boulad, SJ (Escaler Hall)
Teilhard between Mysticism and Science
 ... Open Forum
10:00-10:30 Coffee Break (Escaler Foyer)
10:30-12:00 Main Speaker Podium and Plenary Discussion (Escaler Hall)
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break (LST-Cardinal Sin Center)
14:00-15:30 Parallel Paper Presentations/Workshops  (LST-Class Rooms)
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break (LST-Cardinal Sin Center)
16:00-18:00 Parallel Paper Presentations/Workshops (LST-Class Rooms)
18:30-19:30 Book Launching (LST-Cardinal Sin Center)
Science and Religion...and Culture in the Jesuit Tradition: Perspectives
from East Asia, ed. J. M. C. Francisco SJ, and R. M. de Jesus, (Adelaide:
ATFP, 2006)
19:30-21:00 Dinner + Cultural Show (LST-Cardinal Sin Center)

Sunday, September 3, 2006
08:30-10:00 4th Main Address: Fr. Jose Mario C. Francisco, SJ (Escaler
"Culture, the Third Partner in the Science-Religion Conversation: A
Philippine Perspective"
... Open Forum
10:30-12:00 Sunday Eucharist -- Earth Day Liturgy (Church of the Gesú)
12:00-12:15 Conference Picture Taking
12:30-13:30 Lunch (Mateo Ricci Foyer)
13:30-14:00 Closing Program (Mateo Ricci Foyer)
Awarding of Certificates: Fr. Georg Ziselsberger, SVD
Outlook and Future: Fr. Daniel McNamara, SJ
Closing Remarks: Dr. Fabian Dayrit

Dr. Fabian M. Dayrit
Dean, School of Science & Engineering
Professor, Department of Chemistry
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights
1108 Quezon City, Philippines

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 154, Manila Central Post Office
0917 Manila, Philippines

Tel: (632) 426-6001 ext 5600
Fax: (632) 426-5985
Email: fdayrit at ateneo.edu

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