The Episcopal Commission on the Biblical Apostolate has just held its First BA Lay Leaders’ Formation-Seminar on August 2-3, 2014 at St. Joseph Retreat House in Sampaloc, Manila. The speakers were Most Revered Pablo Virgilio David, ECBA Chairman, who talked about “Bible Apostolate as the Core of Ministries”; and Most Reverend Broderick Pabillo, who discussed the implications for the laity of Pope Francis’ directive to the youth during the most recent World Youth Day, “Go and make a mess!” The Executive Secretary, Dr. Nati Pagadut facilitated the workshops for the two talks.
There were 25 participants from all over the country, with Mindanao having the most number of representatives.
This seminar-workshop was a follow-up to one of the resolutions at the National Biblical Workshop, which is for ECBA to conduct on-going formation for those who are in the Biblical Apostolate.
The seminar-workshop was preceded by a two-day Bibliodrama Exchange/Workshop attended by Bibliodrama Philippines from all over the country.
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.
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.