FRANCISCO, Jose Mario C. S.J. "Fr. Mario"

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He is a Filipino Jesuit, born in Binan, Laguna. He entered the Jesuits in 1968, after completing BS Chemistry at ADMU, and was ordained a priest in 1977. Although he is involved in pastoral ministry (spiritual talks, recollections and retreats), his mission has been mostly in education (teaching, research and writing). He has taught at the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome), Boston College (USA) and Jesuit School of Theology (USA), and lectured at many international conferences. He has been President of the Loyola School of Theology, Director of the East Asian Pastoral; Institute, and Chair of the ADMU English Department. He has been board member of educational and social development institutions; among them, ADMU Trustee (18 years) and Harrison Foundation.

Areas of Specialization: 

Interdisciplinary Studies

. Sports and the Athlete: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

. Interpretations of Sexuality: Medieval and Philippine



. Hermeneutics

. Paul Ricoeur

. Philosophy of Moral Value

. Philosophy and Film



. Contemporary Literary Theory

. Diyos at Tao sa Panitikang Filipino

. Panitikang Filipino

. Philippine Literature in English


Theology and Religious Studies:

.Theological Anthropology 1 (Creation, Sin and Eschatology)

. Theological Anthropology 2 (Grace)

. Asian Theology . Faith and Culture

. Multidisciplinary Approaches to Theological Studies

. Christology

. Theology of Religions and Inter-religious Dialogue

. Faith and Inspiration

Courses Taught: 

Philippine Literature, Philippine Christianity Hermenetic, Critical Theory. Theological and Religious Studies

Research Interest: 

Multidisciplinary Issues involving Religion, Culture and Science (e.g. translation, hybridity, identity formation of individuals and communities)


“Challenges of Dutertismo for Philippine Christianity: Revisiting Populism and Religion,” International Journal of Asian Christianity 4 (2021), pp. 145-60.


“Dinamiche di potere, otre la connivenza e la resistenza, Le “Filippine Cattolice’ como locus privilegiato,” [Power Dynmaics between Collusion and Resistance: The Catholic Philippines as Privileged Locus], Concilium 56/3 (2020), pp. 130-142


“Faith and Culture,” in Catholicism in East And Southeast Asia, ed. Kenneth Ross, Francis Alvarez and  (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020), pp. 351-63.


“Re-claiming Christianity as Asian,” Concilium 2018/1, eds. Daniel Franklin Pilario, Felix Wilfred and Huang Po Ho, pp. 27-36.


“Hybridity in Asian Theological Discourse: Critical Issues in Asian Christian Experience,” International Journal of Asian Christianity 1/2 (2015), pp. 250-68.


“Voices, texts, and contexts in Filipino Christianity,” in Languages of Religion: Exploring the Politics of the Sacred, ed. Sipra Mukherjee (London and New York: Routledge, 2018), pp. 80-99.


Entries on, The Cambridge Encyclopedia on the Jesuits, ed. James Corkery (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017),


“The Filipino and ‘The Other’: De La Costa’s Notion of Hybridity,”  in Reading Horacio de la Costa, SJ: Views from the 21st  Century, ed. Soledad S. Reyes Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2017 ), pp. 143-56.

“Ad gentes and Cross-cultural Translation” in Conference Proceedings of the International Association of Catholic Missiologists (publication data not available).


“Imculturazione in Asia e riforma della Chiesa,” La Civiltá Cattolica 167 (11 giugno 2016), pp. 417-31.


“In but Not of the World” Filipino Catholicism and its Powers,” in Theology and Power: International Perspectives, ed. Stephen Bullivant, Eric Marcelo O. Genilo, Daniel Franklin Pilario, and Agnes M. Brazal (Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2016), pp. 85-101. 


“Context in Doing Moral Theology: East Asian Considerations” in Doing Catholic Theological Ethics in a Cross Cultural and Interreligious Asian Context ed. Yiu Sing Lúcás Chan and Shaji George Kochuthara (Bangalore: Dharmaram Press, 2016), pp. 59-73. 

“The Essentially Contested Vocabulary related to Fetal Personhood, “Philippine Studies 64 (2016), no. 2, pp. 223-26.

 “Letting the Texts on RH Speak for Themselves: (Dis)Continuity and (Counter) Point in CBCP Statements,” Philippine Studies 63 (2015), no. 2, pp. 223-46.


“People of God, People of the Nation: Official Catholic Discourse on Nation and Nationalism,” Philippine Studies 62 (2014), nos. 3-4, pp. 341-75.


"Migration and the new cosmopolitanism in Asian Christianity," in Handbook of Asian

Christianity, ed. Felix Wilfred (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), 575-92.


“Imagining identity/ community as Christian/Filipino: implications for doing theology in East Asian contexts.” Talk given at World Catholicism Week (April 15-19) at De Paul University, Chicago. (publication forthcoming).


"Fidelity in translating religious practice: illustrations from Filipino Christianity,” Kritika Kultura, vol. 21 (online journal). Originally given as keynote speech at 4th International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies (IATIS) Conference, Belfast UK, July 27, 2012.


“The Concept ‘Life” and its Opposite: Theoretical and Practical Reflections,” Studies on Life and Culture, vol. 27, pp. 18-32.


"Translating Vice into Filipino: Religious, Colonial and Nationalist Discourses on Sloth,"

In Translation in Asia: theories, practices, histories, ed. Ronit Ricci and Jan van der Purten

(Manchester UK and Kinderhook NY: S1.Jerome Press, 2011), pp. 104-18.


"Interphasing Language with Religion and Nation: Illustrations from the Philippines," in

Language, literature and cultures in ASEAN: unity in diversity, Proceedings of the International

Conference on the 40thAnniversary of ASEAN (Bangkok: Chulalongkom University, 2011), pp.



Chapter on The Philippines, in Christianities in Asia, ed. Peter C. Phan (West Sussex

UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), pp. 97-127.


"Fighting for life: the Philippine Catholic Church and State on reproductive health," Pro

Mundi Vita, vol. 22 (2011), pp. 43-77.


"Mapping Religious and Social Spaces in Traditional and Charismatic Christianities in

the Philippines," in Festschrift in honor of Fr. John N. Schimacher, S.J., Philippine Studies, vol.

58, nos. 1-2 (June 2010), pp. 185-221.


"Facilitating Conditions of Church Power," Landas, vo. 24 (2010), no. 1, pp. 137-41.


“Speaking in Many Tongues: Translation and Transcendence in Early Filipino

Christianity," in Philosophy, Religions, and Transcendence: Conference Mondial des

Institutions Universitaires Catholique de Philosophie, Manila 2008, ed. Philippe Capelle-

Dumont, Budhi, vol XIII, nos. 1-3 (2009), pp, 605-15.


"Historias de Dios en la vida e historia de las gentes [Reading God's Story in People's

Lives and Histories]," in Nuevos Horizontes para la Mision: por la vida digna y la justicia

(Bilbao: Ediciones Mensajero, 2008), pp. 33-45.


"Translating Christianity into Asian Tongues: Cultural Dynamics and Theological

Issues," Asian Christian Review, vol. I no. 2 (Summer 2007), 70-84. Another version of the

essay appeared in Thought the harder, Heart the keener: Festschrift for Soledad S. Reyes, ed.

Eduardo Calasanz et al. (Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila Office of Research and Publications,

2008), pp. 93-107.


"Christian without Borders: Impossible? Imperative? A View from Asia," Christian Identity I / Christliche Identitaet I Forum Mission, Yearbook Volume 2 (2006), 12-28.


"Christianity as Church and Story and the Birth of the Filipino Nation in the 19th

Century," in History of Christianity Volume 8 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006),

pp. 528-41.


"The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed: End and Beginning of Christologies,"

Jeebadhara, Vol. XXXVI (May 2006), 175-82.


Science, Religion and Culture in the Jesuit Tradition: Perspective from East Asia, Co-

Editor (Melbourne: Australian Theological Forum, 2006).


Living Theology: The Intersection of Theology, Culture and Spirituality, Editor (Manila:

Jesuit Conference of East Asia and Oceania, 2001).


"Roman Catholic Church" and "Friars and the Land Controversy" in The Dictionary of

Asian Christianity, Edited by Scott W. Sunquist (Grand Rapids, Mich. & Cambridge U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2001)


"Language as Currency and Dictionaries as Barter," in Reflections on Philippine Culture

and Society, edited by Jesus T. Peralta (Manila: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2001), pp.



"Creating Tagalog Christian Discourse: Body, Soul, and Loob in Oliver's Doctrina

Christiana, in Chapters in Philippine Church History, edited by Anne C. Kwantes (Manila:

OMF Literature, 2001), pp. 3-32.


"Interpreting Christian Symbols and Contemporary Events: The Hermeneutics of

Traditional Tagalog Apocalyptic Groups," Japanese Religions, Jan 1998, 87-98.


BocabularioTagalo [Tagalog-Spanish Dictionary] by Miguel Ruiz, O.P. (+1630), Editor

(Manila: Pulong, 1997).


"Pagkababae't Pagkalalake sa Likod, Loob at Harap ng Nobela [Female and Male

Genders behind, within and in front of the Novel]," in Rosario de Guzman-Lingat, Kung Wala

na ang Tag-araw/AnoNgayon Ricky? (Manila: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 1996), pp.



"Oliver's Reading of Nature, " in Declaracion de la Doctrine Christiana en Idioma

Tagala, Edited by Jose M.-Cruz, S.J. (Manila: Pulong, 1995), pp. 209-225.


"Christian Social Involvement 2000: A Proposal," Intersect (February 1995), 4-7.


Sermones, Fray Prancisco Blancas de San Jose, O.P., editor and contributor (Manila:

Pulong, 1994).


"The Christ Story as the Subversive Memory of Tradition: Tagalog Texts And Politics

around the Turn of the Century." in Texts/Politics in Island Southeast Asia. Edited by D.M.

Roskies (Ohio: Ohio University Press. Monographs in International Studies, Southeast Asia

Series No. 91, 1993), pp, 82-110.


"Wika: Lagusan ng Makata [Language: Way of the Poet]," in Kritisimo: Mga

Antolohlya para sa Epektibong Pagtuturo ng Panitlkan by Soledad S. Reyes (Manila: Anvil,

1992). pp. 249-56.


"An Introductory Map of Narrative Theology." Landas (January 1992), 49-64.


"From Revelation to Value," in Filipino Religious Experience and Non-Biblical

Revelation. Edited by Leonardo N. Mercado (Manila: Divine Word Publications, 1992). pp. 28-



"Response" to "William L. Wipfler. "The History and Development of National Security

Doctrine and Its implications for the Faith Community," Tugon: An Ecumenical Journal of

Discussion and Opinion Vol. Xl No.2 (1991), 251.


"Integrative or Divisive?: Christian Symbols and Rituals in Philippine Society," Pulso,

Monograph 7 (June 1991) of the Institute for Church and Social Issues (ICSI).


"Di Tuwid ang Katwiran: Ang Etiko't Panrelihiyong Pananaw sa Florante at Laura [Reason

not Straight: Ethical and Religious Worldview of Florante at Laura]," in 200 Taon n iBalagtas,

Edited y Soledad S. Reyes (Quezon City, Balagtas Bicentennial Commission, 1989), pp. 129-40.


"Two Currents in Filipino Christianity: The Traditional 'Form of Christian Faith and the

Emergence of Basic Church Communities, in three parts. Landas (January 1988: 25-64; July

1988:165-93; January 1989:3-16).


"A Theoretical Program for Interpreting Religious Narrative: Listening to the Philippine

Pasyon Tradition." (Ph.D. dissertation, Graduate Theological Union, 1986: publication in

process). .


Interpreting the February Revolution," Branches: Pacific and Asian American Journal of

Theology and Ministry 2 (Fall-Winter, 1986), 6, 18f.


"Kaunlaran at Anyong Kristiyanismong Pilipino [Integral Development and the Form of

Filipino Christianity]," in Komunikasyon at Lipunan. Edited by Lilia F. Antonio et al (Quezon

City~ University of the Philippines, 1981), pp. 118-29.


Interview in "Inculturation of Theology in the Philippines," Voices from the Third World

vol. IV No.1 (June 1981), 16ff.


"The Ideological and Political Apparatus (IPA) Code: Its Nature and Use in the Philippine

Context," Philippine Priests' Forum Vol. 13 No.4 (1981), 15-18.


"Panitikan at Kristiyanismong Pilipino: Ang Nagbabagong Larawan ni Kristo [Literature

and Filipino Christianity: The Changing Image of Christ]," Philippine Studies 25 (April 1977),



"Ang Pasyon ni Gaspar Aquino de Belen [The Passion Narrative of Gaspar Aquino de

Belen], " Sagisag (Hunyo 1975), 16~19.

University Service and Outreach: 

Selected Professional Associations, Awards and Recognition: 

Recipient of the Gasson Endowed Professorial Chair, Boston College, 2005-06

Mentor Theoligian,  Catholic Theological Association of the Philippines (Dakateo)

B.S. Chemistry Ateneodo Manila University, 1968 M.A. Literature Ateneo de Manila University, 1973 S.T.L. Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, 1986 Ph.D. Philosophical Theology Graduate Theological Union Berkeley, California, 1986