On December 1, 2015 at the CBCP Conference Room in Intramuros, Manila, Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D. handed over the leadership of the Episcopal Commission on the Biblical Apostolate to the newly-elected Chairman, Most Rev. Sofronio Bancud, SSS, D.D. Prior to that, the Bible Apostolate also expressed their gratitude for the commitment and service of Bishop David to ECBA. Fr. Elmo Montano spoke on behalf of all the regional bible apostolates and the Executive Secretary, Dr. Nati Pagadut spoke on behalf of the entire ECBA community.
Also present during the event were other members of the committee, regional and diocesan directors, consultors and affiliates.
Read the full text of Fr. Elmo's speech here.
The Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate (ECBA) is a pastoral commission of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) whose area of competence and service is the biblical-pastoral ministry in its five-fold ministries of:
Animating Biblical-Pastoral Formation (ABPF),
Organizing Bible Celebration (OBC),
Promoting Bible Translation (PBT),
Assisting Bible Production (ABP),
Coordinating Bible Distribution (CBD).
A Community of Disciples
nourished by the Word of God,
Witnessing to the Gospel,
and Striving to be a Church
that is poor and for the poor,
with Mary, Mother of the Word, as model.
We commit ourselves to a new Evangelization based on the Word of God proclaimed, accepted, celebrated and meditated upon in the Church. We will live and proclaim the Word as Good News to the Poor, let the Bible inspire all our pastoral work, and be guided by the teachings of Dei Verbum and Verbum Domini, and by the vision of the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines.