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, CPPS, is committed to contextual, intercultural, and aesthetic approaches to doing systematic theology. His current research interest is “indigenous inculturation,” a critical and creative exploration of the phenomenon of religious inculturation from the perspective of Third World postcolonial cultures.
A published scholar and noted speaker in the inter-discipline of Theology and Cinema Studies, he recently gave the keynote lectures for the Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas (ASEAC) biennial conference in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and the Film and Theology Colloquium of the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He has also given lectures and presentations in Kenya, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Austria, the Netherlands, and a number of venues within the United States. Paying attention to “what the world is watching,” Ton has also been serving as film critic for the print and online editions of National Catholic Reporter since 2014; for two consecutive years now, his reviews of global cinema have earned recognition from 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)