[Blueboard] Happy birthday Father Schumacher!

m baytion alunsina2005 at gmail.com
Thu Jun 17 11:05:57 PHT 2010

A festschrift in honor of  John N. Schumacher, S.J., emeritus professor of
history at the Loyola School of Theology, will be presented to him today,
June 17, his 83rd birthday, at the Leong Hall Conference Room, 2F Leong
Hall, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

The festschrift, a special double issue of PHILIPPINE STUDIES (v2, nos. 1
and 2) gathers together the works of  two Jesuits, Father Antonio de Castro
and Father Jose Mario Francisco; two Spanish historians, Roberto Blanco
and Fernando Palanco; and scholars Francis Gealogo, Resil Mojares,
Reynaldo Ileto, the late Salvador Escoto, and PS editor Filomeno Aguilar Jr.
It also includes an interview with Father Schumacher, and a list of all his
published works.

Among these works is his latest book, GROWTH AND DECLINE: Essays on
Philippine Church History, also to be presented later. This collection
traces the inner development of Filipino Catholicism by first tackling the
synod of 1582 summoned by Bishop Domingo de Salazar, first bishop of Manila,
then tracing the rise of the Filipino clergy in the 17th century, and
finally examining the tumultuous journey in the Filipinization of the Church
amid changes taking place in civil society through the years under the
American colonial period until 1970.

As in Father Schumacher's other writings, GROWTH AND DECLINE brings to light
little-known material as a result of painstaking study, in a manner that
allows a wider audience, even "secular" historians with not enough
background in "matters ecclesial and ecclesiastical," to benefit from it. One
reviewer has called this work "a very important and significant work in the
field of Philippine Church History AND Philippine History."

We hope you can join us in this celebration of a life committed to
scholarship and the dissemination of its fruits in the service of humanity.

Ateneo de Manila University Press
Bellarmine Hall, AdMU Campus
Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights
Tel 02-4265984; 4266001 ext 4613
unipress at admu.edu.ph

Without books, history is silent.
                     --Barbara Tuchman

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