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Formation Institute for Religion Educators

   The Formation Institute for Religion Educators (FIRE) is the Graduate Program of the Theology Department of the School of Humanities, Ateneo de Manila University and is supported by Loyola School of Theology. It offers a scholarship program designed at forming highly qualified and motivated teachers and catechists personally committed to the vocation of educating Filipinos in the Christian Faith.

FIRE responds to the pressing need of the Catholic Church in the Philippines and of the nation, for competent teachers in Religious Education at all levels, and for Religion coordinators in schools, parishes, and dioceses. Today’s urgent call is for “education towards authentic Filipino maturity in the faith.”
FIRE proposes an integrated formation program including:

• CONTENT: basic Scripture courses as source for courses in essential Catholic doctrine (Creed), morals (Commandments and values), and worship (Sacraments);

• METHODOLOGY: foundational theory of Religious Education grounded in sound theology, education, psychology, and cultural anthropology—as relevant to the Philippine context;

• PRACTICE: actual exercise in class teaching, lesson planning, drawing up scope and sequence charts, course syllabi, and educational materials for grade school, high school and college levels and in catechetical programs. 


FIRE’s unique contribution lies in its tested and integrated program based on the National Catechetical Directory of the Philippines and the national Catechism for Filipino Catholics.
The program focuses on:
•    The essentials of faith connecting doctrine, morals and prayer-worship in an integrated harmonious approach necessary for a holistic grasp of the faith;
•    Using experiential methods that exercise the FIRE scholars in the skills for addressing the students’ own context, and communicating the Gospel message in a manner that is truly Christ-centered, nourished by the living biblical word of God, and authentically Filipino;
•    Drawing on the unique resources of Loyola School of Theology and the Ateneo Theology faculties and libraries, and FIRE’s unmatched catechetical and theological materials in a genuinely inculturated program that naturally relates to the concrete Filipino catechetical context, in view of the vocation of the Filipino religion educator.


Applicants for the FIRE program must:
•    Hold a bachelor’s degree with at least 12 units in Theology or Religious Education,
•    Submit Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, and other requirements to the Office of Graduate Services [Please check Ateneo de Manila University Loyola Schools Graduate Services webpage] and
•    Obtain a satisfactory score in the Graduate School Entrance Test.


All applicants accepted in the FIRE program are granted full academic scholarship, covering each summer’s registration, tuition, and library fees.  In addition, scholars from the provinces who wish to board in the Ateneo dorm are offered a partial subsidy to help defray lodging expenses.

Degree Programs

Master of Arts Major in Theological Studies
Master of Arts Major in Religious Education

Contact Information
3/F Horarcio de la Costa Hall
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Tel No. : (632) 426-6001 loc. 5370, 5373
E-mail Address:

Downloadable Forms and Documents

Fire Brochure (168 KB)


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