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.
Launching of the year of “THE PARISH AS COMMUNION OF COMMUNITIES”
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Political Challenges: drug issue (EJK, Tok-hang, apathy, fear, dignity of human life); peace and order (kidnapping, beheading, extortion); political loyalties; human trafficking.
- Economic challenges: poverty; globalization; unemployment; contractualization; multinational companies; urbanization (sprouting of subdivisions); migration (job) and BECs lack of social concerns.
- 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.
- Environmental challenges: natural and human-made disasters; mining (in new places); rubber plantation; global warming; pollution (air, water and soil, sound).
- Problem of unsupportive priests and bishops;
- High consciousness of external challenges;
- 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)