Episcopal Commission on the Biblical Apostolate

Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines

TWENTY-FIRST NATIONAL BIBLE WORKSHOP (MARBEL 2016)
February 23-26, 2016
Villa Amor Hotel, Koronadal City, South Cotabato

 FINAL STATEMENT

21st National Bible Workshop

Villa Amor Hotel

City of Koronadal, South Cotabato


“Jesus took the bread, and when he had given thanks, he distributed it to those who were sitting down to eat…” (John 6:11)

 

On February 23-26, 2016, 188 Bible apostolate workers coming from 53 of the 86 dioceses of the Philippines gathered together for the 21st National Bible Workshop in Koronadal City, South Cotabato.  Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez and his own Bible apostolate workers in the Diocese of Marbel graciously hosted the event and made it truly pleasant and memorable.

 

Inspired by this year’s theme “Strengthening the Family Through the Word and the Eucharist”, we projected into the future with 2021 as immediate goal in mind, i.e., the celebration of the 500th year of Christianity, following the annual themes proposed by the CBCP.

 

Using the method of Appreciative Inquiry, thanks to the assistance of our partners in the IPD (Institute for Pastoral Development) we succeeded in defining our skills and resources, discovering our strengths, dreaming ahead and designing a path to the realization of our dreams , which we submit to destiny and God’s divine will. 

 

Following the attitude of the Lord who, instead of lamenting the scarcity of resources, gratefully accepted the five loaves and two fish (John 6), we too believe that the Lord can multiply our meager resources in ECBA as long as we have the generosity to offer them to be blessed, broken, and shared.

 

With the objective of participating more fully and meaningfully in the mission of the Church in the Philippines towards new evangelization, we came up with a strategic plan for the next five years.  We  intend to work for the integration of these plans in our respective dioceses, and we are determined to implement them properly. 

 

1. We have vowed to work together to continue building BECs by promoting creative methods of forming Bible prayer/study groups, such as KRISKA, Liturgical Bible Study, Lectio  Divina, BFAST, Sambayanihan, Biblianilay, etc., believing that, “where two or three are gathered together in (Jesus’) name, (he is) there in their midst” building up his body, the Church  (Mat 18:20). 

 

2. Through our partnership with the PBS  (Philippine Bible Society), we have resolved to support and sustain the MTBO program in order to make more Bibles available  for 3 Million more Filipino Catholic families in ten of the major Filipino languages used in the country.

 

3. In partnership with existing groups, ministries, movements and organizations in our dioceses, we intend to reach out to at least 20% of the unchurched Catholics in our respective dioceses through home visits, Bible campaigns, Bible enthronement in every home, Bible Prayer groups towards building more BECs.

 

Because we have been nourished and greatly blessed by the Word of God in these past few days, we have resolved to become ourselves a source of blessing doing all that we can so that the faithful will learn not just to find nourishment in the Word but also to break the same Word in every home in order to satisfy the spiritual hunger of the world.

 

4. Having been challenged as well by the message of His Eminence, Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, president of CBF (Catholic Biblical Federation) to make the Bible not just one among many apostolates but the very foundation of all pastoral action and ministry in the Church, we have likewise resolved to reach out and partner with every commission in the CBCP, as well as every group, movement or organization that can help us achieve this purpose.

 

May the Lord who has begun his good work in and through us bring it to completion. Amen.


For the 21st National Bible Workshop:

+Sofronio A. Bancud, S.S.S., D.D.

Bishop of Cabanatuan

Chairman, Episcopal Commission on the Biblical Apostolate

February 23-26, 2016

FEBRUARY 24 ACTIVITIES

 Bible Enthronement

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Eucharistic Celebration

 Biblical Dubsmash and
Bible Character Dress-up

  • Queen Esther, The Tax Collector and a Woman
    Queen Esther, The Tax Collector and a Woman
  • Biblical Dubsmash - Job
    Biblical Dubsmash - Job
Queen Esther, The Tax Collector and a Woman
Queen Esther, The Tax Collector and a Woman

Recollection with Bishop Bancud
and Confession

  • Bishop Bancud mentioning the points for reflection of the recollection
    Bishop Bancud mentioning the points for reflection of the recollection
Bishop Bancud mentioning the points for reflection of the recollection
Bishop Bancud mentioning the points for reflection of the recollection

February 25 Activities

Excerpt of the Talk of Bishop David on the theme of the National Bible Workshop

read the full text here
 

Morning Prayer and Eucharistic Celebration

Main Celebrant: 
Most Rev. Victor Ocampo, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Gumaca.



Workshop using the
Appreciative Inquiry Methodology

  • Bishop Pabillo presenting the goals set for 2021
    Bishop Pabillo presenting the goals set for 2021
  • Bishop Rene Mayugba introducing the methodology to be used.
    Bishop Rene Mayugba introducing the methodology to be used.
Bishop Pabillo presenting the goals set for 2021
Bishop Pabillo presenting the goals set for 2021


Visit to Bishop Gutierrez

The bishops who attended the National Bible Workshop visited and had dinner with the bishop of the Diocese of Marbel, Most Rev. Dinualdo Gutierrez.  Also present were the ECBA volunteers and some priests from the Diocese of Marbel.

February 26 Activities

Exodus Walk


Mass and Awarding of Certificates

Recap, Reports and Presentations

  • Morning Animation
    Morning Animation
  • The emcees, Fr. Buz and Flor Siasico
    The emcees, Fr. Buz and Flor Siasico
  • Reflections of the Talk of Bishop Ambo
    Reflections of the Talk of Bishop Ambo
  • Recap of the previous day's workshop
    Recap of the previous day's workshop
  • Presentation of the NBW Statement draft
    Presentation of the NBW Statement draft
Morning Animation
Morning Animation
 
The Eucharistic Celebration was held in the afternoon with  Bishop Pablo David as the Main Celebrant.  After the Mass, the Certificates of Attendance were given by the ECBA Chairman, Bishop Sofronio Bancud, SSS and the Executive Secretary, Dr. Nati Pagadut.  Certificates of Gratitude and Appreciation were also given to the volunteers and organizers of the event. Posthumous Awards were given to Fr. Lumen Rojo (Former regional director of Mindanao), Rose Aboyme (Diocese of Iligan) and St. Theresine Dingal, SFIC (Northern Luzon Bible Apostolate).

February 27 Activities

Eucharistic Celebration in the morning with Bishop Broderick Pabillo as Presider.  Bishop Pabillo jokingly said that those present were the remnants since many have already left for their trips back to their places.
Trip to Lake Sebu