No. 906          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                       6 December 2016

Dates and venue: 28-30 November 2016.  Diocesan Formation Center I, Covered Court, Impalambong, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.


Theme: “Forming BECs as Agents of Communion, Participation and Mission”.

Delegates: 179 from 77 Archdioceses, Dioceses, etc.

Four bishops were present.  Marbel: 3.  (Fr. Romeo Buenaobra, Trinidad J. Remollo, Aldrin Fernandez).

1st day.  28 November

Opening Mass: Bishop Honesto Ch. Pacana, S.J.

Workshops by region/sub-region

Plenary session: Latest and Newest Challenges

  • Internal Challenges
  1. Church vision and leadership: need for BEC-oriented priests; bishops’ support; problem of PPC officers; reactive, not proactive church; non-co-ordinated action; “sacramentalized” Church.
  2. Need of BEC formation: different ideas of BEC; making BECs developmental and sustainable; politicization of BECs (barangay election); participation of men and the un-churched.
  3. Diocesan and parish structures: lack of diocesan or parish structures; intercommission collaboration; LOMAS: inward-looking; lack of BEC organizers; funding.

(N.B. LOMAS-Lay Organizations, Movements and Associations – TJR) 

  • External Challenges
    1. Political Challenges: drug issue (EJK, Tok-hang, apathy, fear, dignity of human life); peace and order (kidnapping, beheading, extortion); political loyalties; human trafficking.
    2. Economic challenges: poverty; globalization; unemployment; contractualization; multinational companies; urbanization (sprouting of subdivisions); migration (job) and BECs lack of social concerns.
    3. Socio-cultural challenges: overexposure to social media (urban); lack of exposure to social media (rural); migration (new configuration of families); absentee parenting (OFWs); aggressive proselytizing by fundamentalist groups.
    4. Environmental challenges: natural and human-made disasters; mining (in new places); rubber plantation; global warming; pollution (air, water and soil, sound).

Some observations

  1. Problem of unsupportive priests and bishops;
  2. High consciousness of external challenges;
  3. Question of our response to structural problems.

 2nd day.  29th November

Mass: Bishop Crispin B. Varquez, Borongan Eastern Samar.

Bishop George B. Rimando, Auxiliary, Davao

Panel discussion on Challenges

Panelists: Msgr. Manuel “Manny” Gabriel, PC, STD; Fr. Daniel Franklin Pilario, CM; Dr. Estela Padilla, Ph.D.; Fr. Amado L. Picordal, CSsR, STD – BEC Executive Secretary.

Comments and Statements

  • BECs more linked to social issues through time.
  • BEC is a dialogue of Faith and Life.
  • BEC is a communion of faith, life and mission.
  • Liturgical, developmental and liberational aspects are part of the dynamics of the life of the BEC.
  • To successfully reform the Church we have to reform the Clergy.
  • Priests and bishops must inspire and support BECs.
  • Seminary formation and theological studies are very significant in the perspective and involvement of priests in BEC.
  • We need to be in communion with other faiths, sectors and institutions.
  • BEC is part of the wider vision of the Church.
  • Dialogue based on love – that is listen even to those with other views out of respect and openness.
  • Above all, we should deepen our dialogue with God.

3rd day. 30th November

MSPC XV (An insertion, Fr. R.B.)

Date and venue: Mid-October 2017, Davao City

Theme: “Parish as Communion of Communities”

Fr. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR, STD presented a proposal for the MSPC XV.  Sub-theme: “The Parish Priority: Forming BECs as Agents of Communion, Participation and Mission”.

Msgr. Manuel Gabriel spoke on the parish communion from the missiological perspective.

Fr. Picardal spoke on the Parish: Communion of Communities from the Ecclesiological perspective.  BEC (continuation)

Sub-regional/Diocese Workshop Planning.

Final Mass: Bishop Jose a. Cabantan, Malaybalay. (From TJR)

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Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez is the Bishop of the Diocese of Marbel
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