Amado L. Picardal, C.Ss.R. or Picx to his friends, was born in 1954 in
Iligan City, Northern Mindanao, Southern Philippines.
entered the Redemptorist Minor Seminary in Cebu in 1968. In 1971, he began
his studies in AB Philosophy at the University of San Carlos, Cebu. During
this period he got involved in student activism. In 1973, a year after
the declaration of Martial Law, he was arrested by military intelligence
operatives.He survived a week of torture and seven months of imprisonment.
After his release he continued his studies and graduated in 1975.
entering the Redemptorist novitiate he lived and worked among the urban
poor for six months in a slum area in Cebu where he was trained as a community
organizer. After his religious profession in 1977 he was sent to Davao
to study theology at the St. Francis Xavier Regional Major Seminary.
his ordination in 1981 he worked for more than eight years with the Redemptorist
Mission Team helping form BECs in the different parts of Mindanao: in Jimenez
(Misamis Oriental), Hinatuan (Surigao), Iligan, Arakan Valley (North Cotabato)
and in San Fernando, Bukidnon. During these years he lived with the poor
in remote barrios, in fishing villages, in militarized areas and in guerrilla
zones. His last assignment with the mission team was the San Fernando Mission
where he and the team helped the BECs in their struggle to defend the forests
against the logging companies. After two years of struggle the government
gave in to the demand to declare a total log ban in the whole province
1989, he was sent to Berkeley, California for higher studies. He joined
the Pax Christi and made a vow of non-violence. After receiving his Licentiate
in Systematic Theology in 1991, he was sent to Rome for further studies.
He received his Doctorate in Sacred Theology, magna cum laude, from
the Gregorian University in March 1995.
1995 Fr. Picx has been a member of the Redemptorist community in Davao.
He is also prefect of studies of St. Alphonsus' Theologate and professor
of systematic theology. Besides teaching, he is actively involved in the
formation of BECs in the Redemptorist Parish. He also goes all over the
country giving seminars and talks to various groups and dioceses. He is
the director of the Redemptorist Pastoral Resource Center. He has
published several books and articles on Basic Ecclesial Communities.
2000, Fr. Picx went on a cycling pilgrimage for peace across the country
– from Davao to Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte, convering 2,083 km. Since then
he has been involved in several peace initiatives in Mindanao. He was also
active in the anti-Estrada campaign that led to People Power II. He is a member of the Council of Leaders of
the Coalition Against Summary Execution (CASE).