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Alphonsian Academy

Professor Alfonso V. Amarante, Redemptorist


To narrate one’s personal history is never an easy task …
I came to know the Alfonsiana Academy about two years before I entered the Redemptorists in Naples as a postulant. It was the Summer of 1988 and we young members of the Redemptorist community were invited to take part in a Camp for human and spiritual formation. The lecturers included the late Professor Domenico Capone who spoke about the humanity of Christ and Professor Majorano who introduced us to the experience of redemption drawn from the writings of Saint Alphonsus de Liguori.

I was searching for the meaning of life, I was seeking the face of Christ, and those days of formation were an inebriating experience, so much so as to affect my future decisions.
I became a redemptorist in 1990, commencing the theological curriculum at the  Pontificia Facoltà Teologica –  San Luigi Napoli  section – run by the Jesuits, and was later sent by my Superiors to Rome to study Church History. While in Rome I had the opportunity to follow various courses at the Academy and other Pontifical colleges.
I began my scientific research with the study of Saint Alphonsus’  “elaboration of the treatise of conscience”. I continued my research striving to grasp the redemptorist method of evangelisation from the start and how the announcement of the kerigma, and therefore of redemption, had been declined in the preaching and the administration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
I started to work at the Accademia Alfonsiana as assistant to prof. Sabatino Majorano in the academic year 2001-2002. At the end of the first year I was asked to consider the possibility of re-planning my priestly life in the service of formation of future researchers in moral theology. Several months passed before I gave a response to the academy authorities.  I was torn between the request received and pastoral eagerness. After discussing the matter in complete serenity with my superiors I accepted the Academy’s request.
In the academic year 2003-2004 I taught my first course. In the years that followed  I was invited to give courses at other universities. Moreover, since 2010 I have offered my service as an expert at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
In response to clear indications on the part of the Accademia Alfonsiana, presently I offer courses inherent to the History of Moral Theology, modern and contemporary, focussing specifically on the relation between law, conscience and freedom.
In recent years I have published a number of essays and pamphlets on history, theology and pastoral, I have published about 25 scientific articles on church history and morals and numerous popular articles.
In the Autumn of  2013 I was asked by the Council of Professors, a request then confirmed by the Moderator General of the Academy, whether I was willing to serve as Vice-Rector of the Academy.

What more should I say?  My only desire is to offer thanks to the Redeemer for all that He has given me.