Fr. Dionisio M. Miranda, SVD

President, University of San Carlos


Personal Background


Fr. Dionisio Marcelo Miranda, SVD is the President of the University of San Carlos. He is a religious missionary of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) and was ordained a priest on June 23, 1973.

After minor seminary at Christ the King (Quezon City), he received a Master of Arts in Philosophy (magna cum laude) at the Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay. Fr. Miranda earned units in guidance and counseling before further studies at the Accademia Alfonsiana in Rome resulted in Licentiate (S.Th.L.) and Doctorate (S.Th.D.) degrees in Sacred Theology, both of which he earned with the highest distinction (summa cum laude). He also completed several language studies in Italy, Germany and Belgium, as well as bioethics courses from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, USA.

His training in moral theology served him well in various teaching positions at seminaries and schools both in the Philippines and abroad including Divine Word Seminary (Tagaytay), Don Bosco Center of Studies (Parañaque), East Asian Pastoral Institute (Quezon City), Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (ICMS, Vigan), Loyola School of Theology (Quezon City), Maryhill School of Theology (Manila), University of San Carlos (Cebu), and at the Catholic Theological Union (Chicago), Fatuoaiga Pastoral Center (Samoa), Fetuolemoana Center (American Samoa), and Seminario de San Rafael (Asuncion, Paraguay).

Fr. Miranda also served in several pastoral positions, helping in the formation of catechists in Mindoro and Vigan, as well as serving as a parish priest in Hernandarias, Alto Parana, Paraguay (1980–82). Within the Philippine SVD, he served as Prefect of Students, Program Director, Provincial Councilor, Seminary Rector, Planning Officer, Vice Provincial Superior, and Provincial Superior.

His administrative service in academe began in ICMS Vigan until he became a trustee of Divine Word Colleges in Legazpi, Calapan, San Jose, and finally at USC. He served as Presidential Assistant for Planning and Development at USC in 2007 before assuming his current post in 2008 as University President. He is also named President of the Cebu Schools Athletics Foundation, Inc. and is a trustee of Holy Spirit School (Tagbilaran) and of the Association of Catholic Universities in the Philippines. Fr. Miranda was awarded as the 2012 Executive of the Year by the Philippine Association of Secretaries and Administrative Professionals.

Fr. Miranda has written numerous scholarly articles on conscience, moral theology, ethics, and inculturation, as well as six books. His last book, Kaloob ni Kristo: A Filipino Christian Account of Conscience, published in 2003 won the Gintong Aklat award in 2004 given by the National Book Development Association of the Philippines.


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