Ateneo mourns passing of Fr. Joaquin Bernas

Published March 6, 2021, 10:04 AM

by Gabriela Baron

The Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) Law School Community mourned the passing of its Dean Emeritus, Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas, S.J.

(Photo from Victor Ramos Baltazar SJ)

The Jesuit priest and constitutionalist passed away on Saturday, March, 6. He was 88.

“We take solace in the knowledge that this was an earthly life filled with meaning and purpose. And earthly life dedicated to service, to standards of excellence, to the greater glory of God,” ADMU School of Law said in a statement.

“Indeed, a man, an excellent man, for others,” its statement further read.

Bernas was first confined at The Medical City and left the hospital on March 4, after six weeks due to an “infection.” The prelate died at 1:45 a.m. at the Ateneo Jesuit Residence, according to a report by church-run Radyo Veritas.

He was also a former dean of the ADMU Law School and was among those drafted the 1987 Philippine Constitution.

“He has contributed immeasurably to keeping the Ateneo Law School true to its identity and calling. The Ateneo Law School’s debt of gratitude to Fr. Bernas can never truly be fully repaid,” the university added.