|Posted on August 22, 2012 at 2:00 AM|
August 6-10, 2012
“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.
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.
Sr. Emmanuel Gunanto, OSU
10 August 2012
Most Rev. Pablo VirgilioDavid,DD ECBA
Most Rev. Renato P. Mayugba, DD ECBA
Fr. Dominador Ramos, SVD SVD-PHN
Fr. Arthur Leger, SJ EAPI
Fr. Raul M. Buhay, OAR
Fr. Anthony P. Ireneo, OAR
Fr. Cirilo Mayugba
Fr. Ferdinand T. Maguigad
Ms. Natividad Pagadut ECBA
Mrs. Cynthia Gacayan CLFC
Ms Carmencita B. Rojas EAPI
Ms. Celsa P. Uy IPD
Ms. Felicidad J. Gines JPIBC
Mr. Teddy M. Fernandez
Mr. Charles Javier
Mr. Raymond Anthony V.Feria IPD
Sr. Mary Do Thi Yen ConferenceEpiscopale
Fr. Joseph Nguyen TienDung Liturgy of the Hours
Bp. Vira Apondratana,DD Cath. Comm. forthe Bible
Mr. Paul SombatNgamvong Catech. Center of Bangkok
Fr. Anek Namwong
Sr. Marie Reine Lekprasert
Sr. Theresia Bello
Sr. Kwanriem Pienruksa
Mrs Supannee Bunyarat
Mr. John Boonlai Boontha
Archbishop Charles Bo, DD
Fr. Bosco Saw Cath Bishops’Conference
Mr. Peter Bouy Commission Biblique Interdiocesane
Fr. Y. B. Isdaryanto, SVD SVD Java
Sr. Emmanuel Gunanto AMBC
Fr. Y. M. Vianey Lusi EmI, CMF
Sr. Antonia Simanora PK
Sr. Engelina Diah Wulandari PK
Sr. Mary Wilfrid DayritSPC
Sr. Milagros Carpena
Sr. Jeannette Krista OSU
Sr. Agatha Linda OSU
Mr. Herman Joseph Oei
Mr. Jeffrey Hehanussa
Mr. Agustinus Handoyo
Mr. Frans Kamarudin
Sr. Elisabeth Tjahjana
Mr. Carl Gunawan Untadi
Ms. Maria Immaculata
Dr. Irene Setiadi
Ms. Maria Theresia NanikRoswati
Ms. Maria Theresia JennyOtita
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.