Antonio D. Sison, CPPS

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

Chair, Department of Historical and Doctrinal Studies



MA, Maryhill School of Theology, Phillippines

PhD, Catholic University of Nijmegen, Netherlands


Antonio “Ton” Sison is committed to contextual, intercultural, and postcolonial approaches to doing systematic theology. Passionately engaged in the cutting edge interdiscipline of Theology/Religion and Cinema Studies, Ton has given lectures and presentations in Kenya, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Peru, Colombia, Austria, and the Netherlands. His current research is focused on the areas of intercultural hermeneutics and the aesthetics of liberation.


He has served as co-chair and member of the Religion, Film, and Visual Culture group of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), and co-editor of New Theology Review. Paying attention to “what the world is watching,” Ton also serves as film critic for the print and online editions of National Catholic Reporter (see ); for two consecutive years now, his reviews of global cinema have earned “honorable mention” at the Catholic Press Awards of the US and Canada.


Ton is a professed Brother of the Society of the Precious Blood (CPPS).


The Sacred Foodways of Film: Theological Servings in 11 Food Films (Pickwick/Wipf and Stock, 2016)


World Cinema, Theology, and the Human: Humanity in Deep Focus
(Routledge, 2012)


Screening Schilllebeeckx: Theology and Third Cinema in Dialogue (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)


“Liberative Visions: Biblical Reception in Third Cinema” in The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and its Reception  (Verlag Walter de Gruyter, 2016)


“Perichoresis of the Crucified Peoples: Spirituality in Third Cinema” in Plural Spiritualities: North American Experiences (Council for Research and Values in Philosophy, 2015)


“Postcolonial Religious Syncretism: Focus on the Philippines, Peru and Mexico” in The Routledge Companion to Religion and Film (Routledge, 2009)


“Cuba: Tomas Gutierrez Alea’s The Last Supper” in The Religion and Film Reader (Routledge, 2007)

“Afflictive Apparitions: The Folk Catholic Imaginary in Philippine Cinema” in Material Religion (06 April 2016)


“Reign-Focus: Theology, Film, and the Aesthetics of Liberation” in New Theology Review (vol. 24, no. 3, 2011)


“The Prophetic Liberating Schillebeeckx: Re-claiming a Western Voice for the Third World” in New Theology Review (vol. 22, no.4, 2009)