|Posted on March 15, 2018 at 4:00 AM|
Pope Francis calls all Church workers to collaborate each other in the different apostolates. In response to this call, Msgr. Gabriel of BEC and his staff together with Dr. Nati Pagadut and the EBCA staff had their meeting last January 18, 2018.
During the meeting, Dr. Nati Pagadut mentioned how ECBA can collaborate with the other commissions and ministries like BEC. Msgr. Manny Gabriel said that BEC is in the heart of the Word of God. The effectiveness depends on the community building, that is sustaining the life of the community. The centrality of the Word of God and the Eucharist shapes BEC. He also said that he met with some priests and is trying to organize units for basic formation based on the Word of God. On-going formation is biblically based but he would like to have programs that would really answer the needs of the people based on research: to see their economic needs, services, education, etc. This can be done through a parish mapping by some volunteers.
In BEC there are different methods/approaches used but mentioned that he would like to have a data base to be able to make an assessment and evaluation and make logistical units to answer the programs, each unit answering the different needs. Research and development are always important. He further mentioned his desire to re-organize the set-up of the BEC, have an updating and deepen the spiritual life of BEC.
Dr. Nati shared that she observed different religious groups collaborating in their apostolates and are very effective and expressed that ECBA can help and collaborate with BEC in their formation by sharing their bible formation modules which can be adapted to the needs and different levels in the parishes and also help in the training of formators.
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
Organizing Bible Celebration
Promoting Bible Translation
Assisting Bible Production
Coordinating Bible Distribution
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.