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Fr. Anscar J. Chupungco, OSB Foremost Filipino Liturgist Laid to Rest Jan 17

Rev. Fr. Anscar J. Chupungco, OSB, the Dean of Filipino Liturgists, will be laid to rest on Thursday, January 17, at the La Loma Catholic Cemetery following the Funeral Mass at 8 a.m. at the Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat in Mendiola, Manila.

Fr. Chupungco passed away on January 9 at the Paul VI Institute of Liturgy in Malaybalay, Bukidnon. He was 73.

Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, Archbishop Emeritus of Manila will be the presider and homilist. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas will deliver a message on the awarding of the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal to Fr. Chupungco during the Mass.

On Wednesday, January 16, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will celebrate the Mass at 7 p.m. at the Abbey Church with the Episcopal Commission on Liturgy of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, the Paul VI Institute of Liturgy, the Federation of Tagalog Liturgists and the Graduate School of Liturgy of San Beda College.

Fr. Anscar, as he was more commonly known, was Jose Herminio Javier Chupungco. He was born on November 10, 1939 in Cainta, Rizal. He took the name “Anscar” when he became a Benedictine monk in 1958. He obtained his Bachelor and Licentiate degrees in Philosophy and Theology, magna cum laude, from the University of Santo Tomas. He was ordained priest in 1965. He studied at the Pontificio Ateneo di Sant’ Anselmo in Rome where he obtained a doctorate in Liturgical Studies and later on served as its Rector Magnificus for several years. He was president of the Pontificio Istituto Liturgico and consultor of the Congregation for Divine Worship. He was executive secretary of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Liturgy until 2009.

Fr. Anscar also served as Rector of the three San Beda Schools in the Philippines. He founded the Paul VI Institute of Liturgy in Malaybalay together with Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales when he was bishop of Malaybalay. He established the Graduate School of Liturgy in San Beda College, Manila. He is internationally and inter-denominationally recognized as a expert in liturgy and is published here in abroad. He edited the standard five-volume Handbook for Liturgical Studies. He authored numerous books and papers on the Liturgy.

Among his latest releases were individual books on his Meditations on the Sacramanets of Matrimony, Penance, Holy Eucharist, and the Anointing of the Sick. These have now been compiled in a single book titled, "Meditations on the Sacraments," and will be released on January 26.  He also published in 2011, “The New English Translation of the Roman Missal: A Catechetical Primer.” Before his death he was able to finish the manuscript for a book on “Pastoral Liturgy, Shepherding God’s Flock.”

He was set to receive two awards on January 26, 2013, at the opening of the 106th Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines at Pius XII Catholic Center: the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal given by the Pope for distinctive service to the Church and the Jorge Barlin Golden Cross Award from the CBCP for his remarkable contribution to the conference.  This award is named after the first Filipino bishop. It is given to a person who exemplifies the values of Bishop Barlin.

The influence of Fr. Anscar in the field of liturgical reform is deep and far-reaching. He mentored most, if not all, of the country’s liturgists. ##