Professorial Lecture by Fr. Rene B. Javellana, SJ

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
5:00 PM
Ben Chan Art Suite, 2nd Flr Areté Arts Wing, Ateneo de Manila University

Fr. Francesco Palliola was a Neapolitan who voluteered for the Asian mission, with the hope of following in the footsteps of Francis Xavier and Marcelo Mastrilli, a fellow Neapolitan who died as a martyr in Japan. For decades, the site of martyrdom of Fr. Francesco has been a point of pilgrimage. Located in Ponot, Zamboanga del Norte, a Mass is celebrated annual at this place on 29 January. When the request came for assistance from the Diocese of Dipolog to find out more about Fr. Francesco, research was conducted both in Rome and the Philippines to determine if such a person existed and to write a biography of him, circumstances of death and fame of sanctity.
The research began in late 2014 to 2015 when the diocesan phase of the inquiry into Fr. Francesco's life and martyrdom was opened. Following Vatican procedure as indicated in St. John Paul II's Magister Sanctorum, the diocesan phase was proceded by the postulation phase when a libellus supplex, or relevant documents and evidences had to be compilted prior to petitioning (posulation) that a case be opened. The search for historical documents and their evaluation prior to submission to the diocesan historical, theological and medical traibunals is the topic of this talk. It will also speak about legislation on beatification and canonization in the Church. It hopes to clarify questions why the process takes too long and nothing is heard about a case for a long time.
Fr. René B. Javellana is Associate Professor at the Department of Fine Arts, SOH, Loyola Schools. Author of various books on Philippine art and culture. His last book with the ADMU Press was Wood and Stone for God's Greater Glory on Jesuit art and architecture in the Philippines, (1991). He is presently preparing an exhibit on European Naturalists in the Philippines for the National Museum of Natural History at the restored Deparment of Finance Building at the Agrifina Circle, Luneta. He is awaiting the printing of the CCP's Encyclopedia of Philippine Art 2017 revised and expanded edition for which he was writer and editor of Vol. 3, Philippine Architecture.
This event is made possible with the support of the Office of the President, School of Humanities, and the Department of Fine Arts.
This event is open to the public and admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Please confirm your attendance thru SIGN UP HERE.