Episcopal Commission on the Biblical Apostolate

Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines

6th Regional Bible Workshop - Final Statement

FINAL STATEMENT

6th  Central Visayas Regional Bible Workshop

St. Jerome Biblical Center

Hotel Pier Cuatro, Cebu City

2-4 July 2010

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



And the Word was made flesh…” (Jn 1:14) – this sublime proclamation in the Prologue of the Gospel of John best captures the very rationale, heart and intention of this Regional Bible Workshop. Basically, like the Word made flesh, this gathering brings back to the vein of the Biblical Apostolate the circuit of connections and convergence for the Central Visayas Region after a ten-year hiatus. 


Finally, we have come together and crossed our paths once again to share our persons and experiences, our hopes and aspirations, our joys and pains in the Vineyard of the Word. We, too, come and draw strength from the very source of Life itself, of who and what we really are, and of our mission as a Church: the Lord Jesus, the Word Incarnate.


Those who responded to the clarion call for this workshop-gathering were 130: the diocesan Bible directors, Bible animators, priest-delegates, representatives from some mandated organizations, men and women in the apostolate, representative from Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate-Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (ECBA-CBCP), Philippine Bible Society (PBS) representatives, and the committed working committee. The workshop-gathering took place at Hotel Pier Cuatro, Cebu City from July 2-4, 2010 with the theme “The Word of God IS the Life and Mission of the Church” – a re-echo of the 18th National Biblical Workshop and a take-off from the theme of the 12th Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Word of God, as we await for the official release and promulgation of the document of the aforementioned Synod of Bishops.


The first day was spent welcoming, registering and accommodating the participants from the suffragan dioceses: Dumaguete, Maasin, Tagbilaran and Talibon (with the most number of delegates – 15 all in all), and the delegates coming from the Archdiocese of Cebu. Then the Bible Enthronement formally opened and brought the momentum of the workshop-gathering. After the Orientation, the Keynote Address was given by His Eminence Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal, D.D., Archbishop of Cebu, who also officiated the Opening Eucharistic Celebration. This was followed by a picture taking. Before dinner, a short introduction was given on the new logo for the Central Visayas Region. After dinner some delegates watched the movie “Noah’s Ark”.


The morning of the second day was devoted to 3 conferences: “Dei Verbum Revisited” given by Rev. Fr. Arnie Visitacion; “Apologetics Today” given by Engr. Ramon Gitamondoc; and the elucidation of the theme taken from the “Nuntius” given by Rev. Fr. Jose Adonis Aquino, focusing on the “four phases of our Spiritual Journey”, namely, the VOICE of the Word: REVELATION, the FACE of the Word: JESUS CHRIST, the HOUSE of the Word: CHURCH, and the ROADS of the Word: MISSION. In the afternoon, the Workshop was given serious attention. This was followed by the Presentation of the Basic Bible Seminar (BBS) III Module for the Central Visayas focusing on the Jewish Feasts and Holidays that have important and significant bearing of our Christian celebrations and liturgical seasons. The day’s set of activities ended with the Holy Eucharist officiated by the Parish Priest of St. Joseph Parish, Mabolo and the Episcopal Vicar for District I, Rev. Msgr. Isidro Ullamot, H.P. who gave a lighter but challenging take on the Feast of St. Tomas, the Apostle. After dinner some delegates stayed to watch the film, “Paul: The Emissary”.


The final day had for its set of activities the Plenum, the MTBO Project presented by the Philippine Bible Society (PBS) representatives, and the announcements before the Closing Mass. Having come and shared our person and experiences, we look forward to an animated collaboration and networking after this event. And we vowed to get involved in the biblical apostolate in the many different areas we are in, in the endeavor of distributing Bibles to our borthers and sisters, and to constantly remain and grow in the bossom of the Word of God, the source of our life and existence and the power and strength for our mission to the world.


Our sincerest appreciation to the very dedicated working committee with the “workshop beauties”, the hotel proprietors, management, staff and personnel, the energetic and solicituous Diocesan Bible Directors, and those who in one way or another have contributed to make this for all of us a very memorable and fruitful challenging experience in the Vineyard of the Word.


And with the Psalmist we continue to pray and sing: “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; for His love endures forever!” (Ps. 118:1).


For the Workshop Delegates and Participants:

(Signed:)

Rev. Fr. Jose Adonis N. Aquino, SSL

Director

St. Jerome Biblical Center