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FINAL STATEMENT - 6th CBF-SEA Bible Workshop

Posted on August 22, 2012 at 2:00 AM

6TH SOUTH EAST ASIA BIBLE WORKSHOP

CATHOLIC BIBLICALFEDERATION

Bandung, Indonesia

August 6-10, 2012


 FINAL STATEMENT


“That which we have seenand heard,

we proclaim also to you sothat you may have also fellowship

with us and our fellowshipis with the Father

and with his Son JesusChrist”

(I Jn 1, 2-3) VD 2.

 (by http://cbfsea.wordpress.com/)

In the 6th CBF-SEAWorkshop, with the theme Verbum Domini: The Word in Our World Today, we the 57participants from six countries (Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia,Vietnam and the Philippines) came to Bandung, Indonesia, home of the CBF-SEAsub-region coordinator Sr. Emmanuel Gunanto, OSU, for an important event.  We came to celebrate the gift of our life andmission together as CBF-SEA and to move ahead by planning the programs thatwill implement the exhortations of the Verbum Domini in the contexts of ourcountries.  This hopefully prepares theCBF-SEA for the celebration of the Year of Faith.

This gathering of fivedays was a continuous encounter with the Lord walking with us, as in Emmaus (Lk24, 13-35).  At the heart of thisgathering is encountering the risen Lord, teaching us how to pay attention to himwho comes to us in new and surprising ways as we walk along the road ofdiscipleship and mission.

The timing of the workshopwas perfect.  It began on the feast ofTransfiguration and concluded on the feast of St. Lawrence, deacon andmartyr.  The Lord’s message to us as biblicalpastoral workers was clear:  He wants totransfigure us as servants of the Word and encourage us to give of ourselvescheerfully relying on his providence and assured of the blossoming of his Word.  Indeed the Word of God proclaimed in theliturgy is always living and effective through the power of the Holy Spirit (VD52) and that from the gospel we discover anew the direction for our journey (VD51).


We feel fortunate to havebeen richly nourished through the wisdom of our pastors and speakers who haveguided us towards a deeper understanding and appreciation of the message of thepapal document.  Their bearing, soexpressive of the humble, listening and loving Shepherd, has inspired us.  These experiences, together with ourenriching celebration of the Word and the Eucharist, of the reports from thedifferent countries, of fellowship, and of cultural and interreligiousexposures, have challenged us to make concrete responses.  Hopefully these will make many otherspartakers of the same treasures of the Word and of the document.  We therefore believe in pursuing thefollowing, either as CBF-SEA or individual local Church:

 

1. Translation andProduction of Bibles, Programs, documents, Homiletic Aides, Bible ReferencesGuide

This is still a priorityconcern in all SEA countries as the Word is still a privilege of the few andmany are left either without it or have to do with one in a language not theirown.  This goes true for the otherpertinent documents such as Verbum Domini, Bible Study Programs, Homiletic Aidsand relevant pastoral-biblical ministry materials.

 

2. On-going IntegralFormation of Pastoral-Biblical Workers

The present set ofpastoral-biblical workers need an on-going integral formation in line with thethrust of the Verbum Domini.  It is alsonoted that more workers are to be engaged in the same apostolate and for whom arelevant formation program is to be drafted and implemented.  For all of them, both old and new, anintegral pastoral care needs to be extended.

We commend our pastoralbiblical workers for their commitment and sacrifices.  There is a need to provide them with skillstraining, updating, financial assistance, and to encourage more faithful tojoin them in the task.  We commit totraining new co-workers especially from among the young.


3. Formation of theFaithful in the Word of God

Moved by compassion forthe multitudes, “sheep without a shepherd”, the CBF-SEA sees the importance of cascading the life-giving power of theWord through holding of seminars and workshops that will empower thelaity.  In many instances, resources runshort in order to realize this undertaking.

The means of the massmedia cannot be underestimated and therefore every country must try to findways how to explore and make use of it for the benefit of the proclamation ofthe Word.  Establishing a web site,producing videos, CD’s, magazines must be seriously considered.


 4. Collaboration with ExistingInstitutions/Communities

The spirit ofcollaboration is the heart of the CBF, bringing together the different localand international institutions united by the common concern for the Word.  It is therefore part of the CBF life to bringtogether these institutions through assemblies and partnerships in thedifferent undertakings.   Assemblies inthe form of mandated regular gathering of the members and open to associatesand guests or for purposes of formation through seminars and workshops, may beenriched when done with the help of the expertise available within the SEA andmade easier when financial constraints are overcome through generosity of somefunding agencies.


We acknowledge theundertakings and programs of every country and we urge them to continue thepresent initiatives.  Pragmatic concernsmay come into consideration but the CBF-SEA, well anchored in the providence ofGod proven in many ways and instances, believes that these programs cannot behindered or delayed by lack of help from the outside.  With the existing resources within the SEAsub-region, especially in terms of expertise from among our members, much canhappen.  Each must be always aware of theurgency to spread the Word, make it understood, the way Jesus commanded hisapostles, “Provide yourselves with no gold or silver, not even with coppers foryour purses, with no haversack for the journey or spare tunic or footwear or astaff, for the laborer deserves his keep” (Mt. 10, 9-10).  Our little contributions like the boy withfive loaves of barley bread and two fish (Jn 6, 7-15) will surely bring a lot offragments to gather and our harmonious working together in the spirit ofangklung symphony will produce a liberating music to the spirit.


We thank all those whohave made their contributions to make this assembly indeed fruitful. We makespecial mention of the Ursuline Sisters, the Diocese of Bandung and the membersof the Angela Merici Biblical Center  andall the other lay collaborators.

May the Lord, through thehelp of the Virgin Mother, help us prepare the soil and let the seed grow,blossom and yield much fruit.

 

The Participants

 

headed by

 

Sr. Emmanuel Gunanto, OSU

 

Subregional Coordinator

 

10 August 2012

 

 

 

THE PARTICIPANTS

 

 

Philippines

 

Most Rev. Pablo VirgilioDavid,DD                       ECBA

[email protected]

 

Most Rev. Renato P. Mayugba, DD                      ECBA

[email protected]

 

Fr. Dominador Ramos, SVD                                  SVD-PHN

[email protected]

 

Fr. Arthur Leger, SJ                                                EAPI

[email protected]

 

Fr. Raul M.  Buhay, OAR

[email protected]

 

Fr. Anthony P. Ireneo, OAR

[email protected]

 

Fr. Cirilo Mayugba

[email protected]

 

Fr. Ferdinand T. Maguigad

[email protected]

 

Ms. Natividad Pagadut                                            ECBA

[email protected]

 

Mrs. Cynthia Gacayan                                           CLFC     

[email protected]

 

Ms Carmencita B. Rojas                                         EAPI

[email protected]

 

Ms. Celsa P. Uy                                                         IPD

[email protected]

 

Ms. Felicidad  J. Gines                                           JPIBC

[email protected]

 

Mr. Teddy M. Fernandez

[email protected]

 

Mr. Charles Javier

[email protected]

 

Mr. Raymond Anthony V.Feria                             IPD

[email protected]

 

 

Vietnam


Sr. Mary Do Thi Yen                                    ConferenceEpiscopale

[email protected]

 

Fr. Joseph Nguyen TienDung                 Liturgy of the Hours

[email protected]

 

 

Thailand

 

 Bp. Vira Apondratana,DD                                Cath. Comm. forthe Bible

[email protected]

 

Mr. Paul SombatNgamvong                      Catech. Center of Bangkok

[email protected]

 

Fr. Anek Namwong

[email protected]

 

Sr. Marie Reine Lekprasert

[email protected]

 

Sr. Theresia Bello

[email protected]

 

Sr. Kwanriem Pienruksa

[email protected]

 

Mrs Supannee Bunyarat

[email protected]

 

Mr. John Boonlai Boontha

[email protected]

 

 

Myanmar

 

Archbishop Charles Bo, DD

[email protected]

 

Fr. Bosco Saw                                  Cath Bishops’Conference

[email protected]

 

 

Cambodia                                                                                                                         

 

Mr. Peter Bouy          Commission Biblique Interdiocesane

[email protected]

 

 

Indonesia

 

Fr. Y. B. Isdaryanto, SVD            SVD Java

 

[email protected]

 

Sr. Emmanuel Gunanto                AMBC

 

[email protected]

 

 

 

Guests

 

Fr. Y. M. Vianey Lusi EmI, CMF

[email protected]

 

Sr. Antonia Simanora PK

[email protected]

 

Sr. Engelina Diah Wulandari PK

[email protected]

 

Sr. Mary Wilfrid DayritSPC

[email protected]

 

Sr.Delfina Nuwa,SPC.

 

Sr. Milagros Carpena

[email protected]

 

Sr. Jeannette Krista OSU

 

Sr. Agatha Linda OSU

[email protected]

 

Mr. Herman Joseph Oei

 

CTSI  group

 

Mr. Jeffrey Hehanussa

[email protected]

 

Mr. Agustinus Handoyo

 

Mr. Frans Kamarudin

[email protected]

 

Sr. Elisabeth Tjahjana

[email protected]

 

Mr. Carl Gunawan Untadi

[email protected]

 

Ms. Maria Immaculata

[email protected]

 

Dr. Irene Setiadi

[email protected]

 

Ms. Maria Theresia NanikRoswati

[email protected]

 

Ms. Maria Theresia JennyOtita

[email protected]>


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