During the CEAP National Board Meeting last June 4, 2021, the Board decided to confer the 2021 CEAP Pro Deo et Patria award posthumously to Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas, SJ and Sr. Anunciata Sta Ana, SPC.
The Pro Deo et Patria is the highest award given by the Association to deserving individual/s who manifest an exemplary attitude of love for God and country and his/her faithfulness to Catholic teachings as part of service to God. The awardee must be seen as a model of Christ the Teacher. Past recipients of this award are the late Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin, the late President Corazon C. Aquino (posthumously), Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal (Cebu 2010), Fr. Anscar R. Chupungco, OSB (posthumously, Cebu 2013), Fr. Catalino G. Arevalo, SJ, Abp. Leonardo Z. Legaspi, D.D. O.P.(Davao 2014), Dr. Lourdes S. Quisumbing (Manila 2015), Amb. Henrietta De Villa and Cardinal Rosales, D.D. (Cebu 2016 Sr. Amelia G. David, ICM (Davao, 2017). Orlando Cardinal B. Quevedo, DD. (Mindanao, 2018), Sr. Josefina G. Nepomuceno, OSB (Iloilo, 2019) and Sr. Corazon Manalo, DC (posthumously, Iloilo 2019). Last year, the award was conferred to Fr. Roderick C. Salazar Jr., SVD. They were chosen by the members of the board from nominees recommended by member institutions, superintendents or Regional Councils.
Fr. Bernas was the 28th President of Ateneo de Manila leading the University during one of the most tumultuous and critical periods in Philippine history. He was conferred the position of Dean Emeritus.He was also Provincial Superior of the Jesuit Philippine Province between 1976 and 1982, and Rector of the Jesuit Residence from 1994 to 2000.
He was best known as a constitutional law expert and was one of the 1986 Constitutional Commission that drafted the 1987 Philippine Constitution.
Sr. Anunciata was the Dean of the College of Music and the Performing Arts (CMPA) at St. Paul University Manila since 2003. She was known for her song compositions like “Sino ang Makapaghihiwalay sa Atin”. She was also the first to compose Filipino liturgical music after Vatican II in the 1970s.
Sr. Anunciata was the recipient of the “Patron of the Arts Award” in recognition of her excellent contribution to liturgical music by the Archdiocese of Manila and the Jesuit Communications Foundation, Inc. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has recognized the St. Paul University Manila’s College of Music and Performing Arts (CMPA) as Center of Excellence under her leadership.
The award will be conferred during the 2021 CEAP National CONGRESS on November 9, 2021.
[Article submitted by Dianne D. Balios, Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines]