Pope Benedict XVI confers “Pro ecclesia et pontifice” on Fr. Joseph Roche, SJ in 2006

Fr. Joseph L. Roche, SJ, philosopher, theologian, and religious educator, was conferred the “Pro ecclesia et pontifice” award by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

His Excellency, The Most Reverend Honesto F. Ongtioco, DD, STL, Bishop of the Diocese of Cubao, bestowed the award on behalf of the Pope during a ceremony on Aug. 18, 2006 at the Escaler Hall of the Ateneo Loyola Heights campus.

(Read the response of Fr. Roche.)

Fr. Roche was recognized for his outstanding academic work in his field. In 1979, he founded the Formation Institute of Religion Educators (FIRE), the graduate program of the Theology Department of the Ateneo with institutional support from the Loyola School of Theology.

Fr. Roche also wrote and edited the two basic sources of catechesis in the county: the “National catechetical directory for the Philippines” (NCDP) and its scholarly follow-up for adult Filipino Catholics, the “Catechism for Filipino Catholics” (CFC). He was also editor of the Philippine Studies journal and associate editor of Landas, a journal from the Loyola Schools of Theology.

His work at the academe was celebrated in 2003 when the Ateneo de Naga University awarded him the degree of Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa. Three years later, in 2006, a professorial chair in Systemic Theology Catechesis and Religious Education was established by the Loyola School of Theology in his honor.

He is a professor in the Theology Department; Loyola School of Theology and the Mother of Life Catechetical Institute in Novaliches, QC, where he has been teaching since 1970.

Source: Ateneo de Manila University

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2 Responses to Pope Benedict XVI confers “Pro ecclesia et pontifice” on Fr. Joseph Roche, SJ in 2006

  1. Buenafe Flores Quillope says:

    Fr. Roche is a gift of God to the Philippine church particularly in its task of catechizing the Filipino Catholic toward a mature faith. I am blessed to have been catechized by him in one of the FIRE batches. Having taken up summer formation programs in FIRE made me contribute to the Church’s ministry of renewed integral evangelization with competence, confidence and ultimate trust in the Spirit. Father Roche, daghang salamat!

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