The Theology and Ministry Program of the School of Humanities invites you to the oral defense of the Ph.D. Dissertation entitled "Mary, Sacrament of God’s Saving Grace and the Foreshadowing of the Christian Initiated” by Mr. Ramon L. Almoneda (Philippines) on September 15, 2016 (Thursday), 2:00pm, at the Tipanan ni San Ignacio, Second Floor Loyola School of Theology. The Board of Examiners is composed of Fr. Fernando Preckler Guillen, Sch.P., S.T.D. (Second Reader/Principal Examiner), Victoria Parco, Ph.D., Fr. Jose Quilongquilong, S.J., S.T.D., and Joaquin Yap, Jr., S.W., D.Phil. The Thesis Adviser is Msgr. Sabino Vengco, Jr., S.T.D. The defense is being held in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Doctor of Philosophy in Theology with field of specialization in Dogma/Systematic Theology. It is open to the public.
Abstract: This dissertation is a novel way of approaching Mariology since it presents an over-arching unity with Sacramentology, Christology, and Ecclesiology. It asserts intrepidly that the Blessed Virgin Mary is a sacrament of God’s saving grace. In the order of grace, Jesus is God’s primordial sacrament but Mary, in the order of time, became the first sacrament of the Trinity since she conceived in her womb the Son of God when the Holy Spirit overshadowed her by the power of the Most High (cf. Lk 1:31-35). The dissertation shows how Mary has an intrinsic relationship with the sacraments by placing her parallel with the different aspects of the sacraments according to the teachings by the Fathers of the Church and the magisterium. It is further posited that, just as the sacraments are sensible signs, Mary is the sign of the woman. If the sacraments have their origin in Christ, Mary is the mother of Christ, and if the sacraments give grace, Mary is full of Grace and a dispenser of Grace as well. It is claimed in this dissertation that there is a Marian dimension in the sacraments of Christian initiation of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, in particular, and in all the seven ritual sacraments, in general.