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Dr. José Mario B. Maximiano
Dr. José Mario B. Maximiano

Sobresaliente Cum Laude, from the Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain; he was listed as one of its most notable alumni. Consistently awarded as the Most Outstanding Faculty by the Graduate School of De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, he also received the Carlo Magno Distinguished Professorial Chair in Business from the same University. He is one of the pioneers of the business ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR) education in the Philippines. The volume Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility is the standard textbook in SRGO subject in BSBA and management courses in colleges and universities. In 2015, the CARDINAL SIN CATHOLIC BOOK AWARDS judged his book, Pope Francis, the Catholic Bishop, and the Priest (Claretian Publications) as the “Best Book in Theology”. His other books are: The Beginning and the End: A Theology of the Human Person (2016), The Church Can Handle the Truth (2017) and 24 Contemporary People: God Writing Straight with Twists and Turns (2019).

Fr. Cristino R. Pine, OFM
Fr. Cristino R. Pine, OFM

is a member of the Order of Friars Minor in the Philippine Province of San Pedro Bautista. He is a Bible Exegete who obtained his Licentiate Degree in Biblical Science at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, Italy. He also has an M. A. Degree in Pastoral Ministry and an M. A. Degree in Educational Management. He is a professor of Scripture and Biblical Languages at St. Vincent School of Theology – Adamson University, CICM Maryhill School of Theology and Our Lady of the Angels Seminary – College. He is presently the Secretary of the Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines. His book, Living Word on Breathing Earth: Biblical Insights and Reflections on Creation (Claretian Publications), was awarded as the “Best Book in Spirituality” during the 2019 Cardinal Sin Book Awards.

Fr. Elias L. Ayuban, Jr., CMF
Fr. Elias L. Ayuban, Jr., CMF

is the present Provincial Superior of the Claretian Missionaries - Philippine Province. Prior to his election, Fr. Elias was a member of the Instituto Giuridico Claretiano in Rome, Italy and worked at the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL). He also served as a professor in Claretianum in Rome and he is a doctor of Canon Law. He is the author of Canonical Issues Related to Religious Life: 200 Plus Practical Questions and Answers (2005) and Selected Canonical Issues Related to Religious Life Vol. 2: Practical Cases, Questions and Answers (2016), both published by Claretian Publications. These books help clarify some doubts and issues related to Religious Life that pertain to Canon Law such as: issues on deliberations, norms and regulations, dismissal, leave of absence, and many more.

Most Reverend Sofronio A. Bancud, SSS, DD
Most Reverend Sofronio A. Bancud, SSS, DD

is the bishop of the Diocese of Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop in 2004 and installed as bishop on January 25, 2005. Bishop Bancud finished his BS in Commerce at the University of Santo Tomas. He went to St. Francis Xavier Regional Major Seminary, Davao City. As a member of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (Sacramentinos), he held various responsibilities as Postulant Director (1979-1980), Novice Master (1980-1988 and 1989-1993), Assist. Regional Superior of the Our Lady of the Assumption Region, Philippines (1981-1993), and General Consultor–SSS General Curia (1993-1999). He was also the Spiritual Director of the Men’s and Women’s Eucharistic League (2000) and Spiritual Director of the Eucharistic Fraternity (2001). Currently, he is the Chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. (CBCP-ECBA).

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Fr. Jose Jonathan A. Bitoy, CMF
Fr. Jose Jonathan A. Bitoy, CMF

is a much in-demand retreat master, seminar resource person, counselor, and a team-building and strategic-planning facilitator. He has a Licentiate in Church History (Summa Cum Laude) at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy and is currently finishing his dissertation at the Development Academy of the Philippines for his doctorate in Educational Leadership. He was Assistant Director at Claretian Communications Foundation, Inc. (2012-2015) and the former dean of Saint Anthony Mary Claret College (2016-2019). Fr. Jonathan is the author of the book, heart to Heart: A Collection of Traditional and New Prayer Conversations with God (2019), published by Claretian Publications. At present, he is the Assistant Parish Priest at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Quezon City.

Dr. Michael Demetrius H. Asis
Dr. Michael Demetrius H. Asis

 is professor and former theology department chair of the Ateneo de Manila University. He is a regular TV and radio commentator on Church affairs for CNN Philippines, ANC, DZMM, TV5 radio and GMA7. Dr. Asis also lectures nationwide on marital spirituality, liturgical theology, religious education, and contemporary Church issues. His books, Reimagining the Sacred: A Fresh Approach to Prayer, Liturgy and the Sacraments (2012) and The Filipino Church at the Crossroads (2016) both published by Claretian Publications, were finalists at the CARDINAL SIN CATHOLIC BOOK AWARDS. His upcoming book, The Shape of the Filipino Church to Come: Radical Vision of Renewal in Filipino Sacramental Worship, provides a critical look at how worship is understood and practiced in the Philippines today.

Sister Mary Epifania ‘Eppie’ Brasil, OP
Sister Mary Epifania ‘Eppie’ Brasil, OP

is a composer of short sacred songs, a popular retreat facilitator among the youth, laypeople and religious, and the current Superior General of the Dominican Sisters of Regina Rosarii, which she founded on May 13, 2005. She has a Licentiate in Theology of Consecrated Life at the Instituto Teologico de Vida Religiosa (ITVR) in Madrid, Spain. Sr. Eppie’s advocacy includes teaching contemplation and environmental and ecological perspectives in life. She founded and developed Regina Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia (Regina RICA), a place of Prayer, Pilgrimage and Peace in Tanay, Rizal. She is the author of the book, Finding God: A Companion to Contemplatives on the Go (2016), an easy to read easier to practice book written about contemplative living for laypeople.

Mr. Aurelio ‘Jake’ Joaquin
Mr. Aurelio ‘Jake’ Joaquin

has a degree from the Institut Supérieur de Pastorale Catéchétique (ISPC), Institut Catholique de Paris, France in 1973. He was the founder and director of PASKA (Pandiyosesis na Sentro ng Katekesis) from 1974-1979 and founder and director of the Christian Neighborhood Communities Program from 1975-1979 in the Diocese of Malolos. He last worked as President and GM of Praxis Fides Mutual Benefit Association, Inc. based in Malolos, Bulacan (1991-2012). He is one of the authors of the book, A Conversation About Life: Points of View on Reproductive Health (2014) and the author of Sumasampalataya Ako: Isang Katesismo (2017), both published by Claretian Publications. Married with two children, both professionals, he lives with wife Sylvia in Sta. Maria, Bulacan.