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School of Theology and Ministry

Francis D. Alvarez. S.J.

school of theology and ministry


Francis Alvarez entered the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus in 1997 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2009. His first love was teaching Religion to high school students, but his experiences as a Jesuit have opened him up to serving God in the poor in Payatas, Quezon City; in the sick and the dying in the Philippine General Hospital; in the elderly in Sancta Maria Nursing Home; and in those who desire to know the Lord more in Scripture.


Curriculum Vitae


S.T.L. Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (2013)
M.A. Ateneo de Manila University (2009)
S.T.B., Loyola School of Theology, Philippines (2009)
M.A. in Philosophy, Ateneo de Manila University (2002)
A.B. Ateneo de Manila University (1997)

Areas of interest

Religious education
Pastoral ministry


Tentative title: The Unfolding of Your Words (Ps 119:130): The Pedagogy of the Psalms

Director: Jane Regan
Committee: Joseph O’Keefe, S.J., Richard Clifford, S.J.


Why the Ph.D. in Theology and Education

When I return to the Philippines, I will be teaching Scripture to seminarians, religious women, Catholic educators, and catechists. Our school of theology is not primarily for Scripture scholars but for pastors. “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16-17). How do we teach Scripture to future ministers so that they will be trained in righteousness and equipped for every good work? How do we form Church leaders and workers to engage Scripture so that they can help the people they will serve read and pray with the Bible in truly life-giving ways? This program's interdisciplinary nature has helped me begin answering these questions.