COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

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)



Date and venue : 4 December 2016, St. Anthony Parish Gym, Koronadal City

Theme: “MEWS Graduates: Strengthen the Families in the GKK.”

Attendance: 155 Couples (x2) and 28 singles.

Bo. 5, SagradaFamilia – 37. Marbel – 29. Polomolok – 11. Calumpang – 10. Lagao – 10. Norala – 10. Tantangan – 10. Alabel – 8. Banga – 8. Dadiangas – 8. Maitum – 6. St. Micahel – 3. Glan – 2. Surallah – 2. Fatima – 1.

Awarded Outstanding Family, Diocesan level – Mr. & Mrs. Diego Mamades and Family, Maitum.

Couple Facilitators

Engr. & Mrs. TexSolivio (Marbel). Mr. & Mrs. Hernan Gabat (Tantangan). Mr. & Mrs. CaloyBaldostamon (Polomolok). Mr. & Mrs. JericTorrijos (Lagao). Mr. & Mrs. Pet Longaquit (Lagao). Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Tenizo (Calumpang). Mr. & Mrs. Steve Lanete (SMAP). Mr. & Mrs. Gil Agor (Dadiangas).

Diocesan MEWS Coordinator – Dr. & Mrs. Choi Torrijos who spoke on the vision and mission of FLM-MEWS for families and for Diocese, Parish, GKKs.  Dr. Torrijos also reported 38 batches with 388 couples of MEWS were conducted in 2016 in 16 parishes. (TJR)



December 6 – memorial of St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra in Southwest Turkey, was imprisoned during Diocletian’s persecution (303-305).  Attended the 1st Ecumenical Council at Nicaea.  Famous for his pastoral care.  His many charitable deeds became the basis for the figure of Santa Claus.  Died circa 350.  Let us “imitate his love of children, his care for the poor and his spirit of giving” (Living with Christ, December 2016, p. 79).

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