Jesuit lawyer, constitutionalist Fr. Joaquin Bernas dies at 88
MANILA, Philippines — Fr. Joaquin Bernas, SJ, a Jesuit lawyer and one of the framers of the 1987 constitution, passed away early Saturday morning, the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) School of Law said.
He was 88.
The veteran constitutionalist’s death was confirmed in a memo released by Ateneo Law School dean Jose Maria Hofileña.
A copy of the memo was released on the dean’s Facebook page.
“We take solace in the knowledge that his was an earthly life filled with meaning and purpose. An earthly life dedicated to service, to standards of excellence, in the greater glory of God,” the memo read.
“Indeed, a man, an excellent man, for others,” the memo added.
“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 be truly repaid.”
Bernas served as dean emeritus of the Ateneo Law School, and was ADMU president from 1984 to 1993.
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