The Word of God is the Life and Mission of the Church

“It is the Word of God who has called you and who has gathered you…”

Ecba Bible Congress

Thus has the Bishop of Laoag, Most Rev. Renato Mayugba, DD, explained the gathering of some 300 from all over the country–bishops, lay people, priests and religious–for the 1st National Bible Congress.

 

Organized by the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on the Biblical Apostolate, currently chaired by Most Rev. Sofronio Bancud, SSS, DD, this National Bible Congress aims to 1) deepen the awareness of everyone involved in the different commissions of the CBCP, including the Bible Apostolate, on the importance of the Word of God in the mission and vision of the Church as found in Verbum Domini, 2) provide a venue for updating on current studies on the Bible, and 3) motivate the participants to appreciate the Word of God and be actively involved in its use and reflection in their respective ministries and commissions and also in the distribution of bibles to all parishes and dioceses.

 

This Congress and its objectives come as a fruit of the 21st National Bible Workshop held earlier this year in the Diocese of Marbel.

 

Aside from the work of the ECBA and its members and volunteers, various CBCP Commissions have been invited to take part, including the Episcopal Commission on Youth. Some youth ministers are present as part of their respective diocesan delegations to this event, such as the Dioceses of Cabanatuan and Marbel.

 

Various talks and sharing are slated, with Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, DD of Kalookan delivering the plenary talk. There will be sharing of the Word in BEC experiences, in a Youth Bible camp, in family life and social media. One session will be a sharing by a senior citizen, Sr. Cora Manalo, DC, on aging gracefully in the light of God’s Word.

 

Part of the opening of the Congress is reminding the participants about putting centerstage the Word of God: “We should not engage in (any) apostolate without reference to the Word of God”, encouraged Bishop Mayugba. This was reflected, among other ways, by placing the Bible at the center of the assembly in this opening day, and the “Dance of the Spring”, a Bibliodrama dance where the dancers go to the center to symbolize getting nourished and bonded by the incarnate Word, the Lord Jesus.

Invitation to the 1st National Bible Congress

DIOCESAN YOUTH DIRECTORSCOORDINATORS and LEADERS
NATIONAL COUNCILS of FNYO Member Organizations
Dear fellow youth ministers,
Greetings in our Lord!
We are pleased to share with you about the 1st National Bible Congress being prepared by the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on the Biblical Apostolate!  It will be this October 03-05, to be hosted by the Diocese of Laoag.
Why this Congress?  “To maximize the implementation of all of the statements made in Koronadal City (formerly Marbel) after the 21st National Bible Workshop, we found it helpful to come up with a Bible Congress which aims
1) to deepen the awareness of everyone involved in the different commissions of the CBCP, including the Bible Apostolate on the importance of the Word of God in the mission and vision of the Church as found in Verbum Domini
2) to provide a venue for updating on current studies on the Bible
3) to motivate the participants to appreciate the Word of God and be actively involved in its use and reflection in their respective ministries and commissions and also in the distribution of bibles to all parishes and dioceses” (from the CBCP-ECBA Executive Secretary, Dr. NATIVIDAD PAGADUT).
Acknowledging the Word of God as the life and mission of the Church and all her ministries, the CBCP-ECY maintains a mutually beneficial relationship with the CBCP-ECBA; we believe this is mirrored in many dioceses, where the youth ministry and bible apostolate offices/ commissions in various levels are closely collaborating.  May we therefore enjoin you to two things:
1) To be part of this congress by registering and/or sending your youth leaders/ ministers to register (we are appealing especially to youth ministries within the Northern and Central Luzon Regional Youth Coordinating Councils), or by registering with the delegation of the biblical apostolate of your diocese; and
2) To share this invitation to your networks and circles of influence (e.g. parish youth ministries within your diocese, local chapters of your organization, the campus ministries within your reach, etc.).
The CBCP-ECBA has only specified that attendees should be “actively involved in a ministry of the Church and recommended by the parish priest, bishop, director/directress of that ministry” and “willing to serve his/her parish/diocese after the congress”.
The program is being prepared to become relevant in the light of the Jubilee of Mercy and our own Year of the Eucharist and the Family.  More details are available in the CBCP-ECBA website, where (online) registration is open until September 15.
Anticipating your support and cooperation in this regard, I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Fr. CONEGUNDO B. GARGANTA
Executive Secretary
P.S. Here is the link to the site about this event — http://www.ecba-cbcp.com/bible-conference