The University of Santo Tomas and the Focolare Movement have lined up a year-long series and events to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Chiara Lubich’s honorary degree conferment.
The celebration kicked off with a program on March 12, 2023. With the title “Chiara: Apostle of Dialogue,” the day’s activities was also held in remembrance of Chiara Lubich’s 15th death anniversary (March 14), and will celebrate the 80th anniversary of her consecration to God, which also serves as the 80th founding anniversary of the Focolare Movement.
The event began with messages from the UST Rector Very Rev. Fr. Richard G. Ang, O.P., the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President His Excellency Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D., former UST Rector Rev. Fr. Rolando V. de la Rosa O.P., who originally conferred the degree to Chiara Lubich in 1998, and Focolare Movement President Margaret Karram.
His Excellency Most Rev. Charles J. Brown, D.D., the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines presided over the celebration of the Holy Mass at the UST Medicine Auditorium. Following the Eucharistic Celebration, there will be a barrio fiesta program, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Quadricentennial Park.
Twenty-five years ago, Focolare Movement Founder and Servant of God, Chiara Lubich, was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Sacred Theology by the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas upon the unanimous petition of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. Being the only woman and layperson to receive this honor in the 411-year history of UST, the conferment of the honorary degree was a recognition of Chiara Lubich’s lifelong work of introducing, living, and spreading a charism of love and unity to help build a more united world. (Jheng Prado | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)