Sisters Maria Anicia Co, RVM, Elected President of Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines

The Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines (CBAP) held its fifteenth (15th) annual convention last July 19, 2014, Saturday at the Institute of Preaching, St. Pius V Building, Santo Domingo Church Compound, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City, reflecting on the Theme: "Blessed are the poor… (Mt 5:3).

Towards the end of the Convention, the election of the new set of BOT Members was done; this was followed by the appointment of the new CBAP Officers.

Elected Members of the Board of Trustees (2014-2015):
President: Sister Maria Anicia Co, RVM, STL, SThD, PhD
Vice President: Rene Repole, SJ, SThD
Secretary: Maria Gemma Victorino, PDDM
Treasurer: Clarc Marquez, OP

The Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines (CBAP) is an association of bible exegetes, theologians and professors in the Philippines. Founded in 1999, the CBAP aims to advance biblical studies in the country, holds an annual convention, and publishes its research and proceedings. CBAP holds office at the Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University campus, Quezon City, Philippines.

Brief biography of Sister Annie:

President, CBAP
Lecturer, Professor of Biblical Theology
Loyola School of Theology, Manila


Sister Maria Anicia Bation Co, RVM was born and raised in Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines. She finished her elementary and high school education at St. Mary’s Academy (now St. Mary’s College, an RVM School), Baliuag, Bulacan. She then went to the University of Santo Tomas (Graduated Summa Cum Laude), Manila, for her college education. After earning her degree, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, she entered the Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary. She made her first profession on August 15, 1977 and studied for one year at the Sisters’ Formation Institute in Quezon City before being assigned to teach Christian Living in an RVM school in Cebu City. After her assignment as college professor of Philosophy and Theology, Theology Coordinator, and Dean of Student Affairs at the Immaculate Conception College, Davao City (now The University of the Immaculate Conception), she was sent to pursue Master of Arts in Theological Studies at Maryhill School of Theology. She went to the University of the Immaculate Conception, Davao City, every summer from 1981 to 1985 to teach Scripture courses in the Summer Program for Religious Education. Her studies were interrupted in 1983 when she was called to tertianship to prepare for her final profession. She pronounced her final vows on March 31, 1984.
She then resumed and completed her studies at Maryhill School of Theology in 1985. That same year, the Religious of the Virgin Mary Congregation sent her to pursue higher studies in Louvain, Belgium. She returned to the Philippines in 1990 after earning from the Catholic University of Louvain the following degrees - Licentiate in Sacred Theology, Doctor of Philosophy in Religious Studies and Doctorate in Sacred Theology. In 1993, she joined a two-month program in Israel that included visits to archaeological sites.
She was involved in the secretariat during the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines in 1991 and participated in the National Pastoral Consultation on Church Renewal in 2001.
From 1991 to 2001 she taught Scriptures and theology in different schools of theology, seminaries and institutes of formation, namely, Loyola School of Theology, Maryhill School of Theology, San Carlos Seminary-Makati, Mother of Good Counsel Seminary-Pampanga, De La Salle University-Taft, Institute of Formation and Religious Studies-Quezon City. She was a resource speaker on women discipleship and spirituality in the Bishops Institute of Lay Apostolate (BILA) on Women in 1998 and 2001. She gave talks and lectures on Scripture, Mary, women and spirituality to different groups of religious and lay.
She was also involved in the service committees of the RVM congregation, taught in the RVM Formation Houses (pre-novitiate to tertianship), was a staff of the Mother Ignacia Center for Spirituality and resource person on the life and spirituality of the RVM Foundress, Venerable Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo. She participated in the RVM General Chapter as elected delegate in 1991, 1996 and 2001 and as ex-officio member in 2006 and 2011.
In 2001 she was elected as second general consultor of the RVM congregation and re-elected as third general consultor in 2006. As member of the general council, she was tasked to oversee the RVM Education Ministry. To be equipped for this responsibility she enrolled in the PhD Educational Leadership and Management Executive Program of De La Salle University-Taft. She completed her academic requirements in 2005. From 2003 to 2011, she was the chair of the RVM Education Ministry Commission, President of the RVM Educational Association of the Philippines, Chair or member of the Board of Trustees of RVM colleges and university, President of St. Mary’s College, Quezon City. She was elected as director at large of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) in 2009 and served in the CEAP board until 2011.
After serving two terms in the RVM General Council in 2011, she was permitted by her congregation to resume teaching Scriptures and theology. She joined a two-week Bible Study and Travel Program in Greece and Turkey in August 2011. She now teaches at the Institute of Formation and Religious Studies, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Cagayan de Oro City, Institute of Consecrated Life for Asia (ICLA), St. Vincent School of Theology, Quezon City, Loyola School of Theology and RVM Religious Education Summer Institute. Sister Maria Anicia is a member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America.
From 2002 to 2012 Sister Maria Anicia was a member of the Office of Theological Concerns of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences.

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