Episcopal  Commission  on  the  Biblical  Apostolate 

Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines

19th National Biblical Workshop

Episcopal Commission ON Biblical Apostolate






VERBUM DOMINI: Animating All Pastoral Work with the Word of GOD

Bethel Guest House

Dumaguete City

February 7-11, 2012







“Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful…  so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me empty, but shall do what pleases me, achieving the end for which I sent it.”  (Isaiah 55:10-11)


We, the participants of the 19th National Workshop on the Bible, inspired by the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini reflected on the theme:  “Animating all Pastoral Work with the Word of God.”


We have listened intently and reflected on the pastoral implications of the document and commit ourselves to the following:

1. To promote Verbum Domini by conducting seminars, symposia, retreats and workshops for the clergy, religious, lay pastoral workers at the regional, subregional and diocesan levels.

2. To coordinate and/or collaborate with other apostolates and ministries (especially with the Commission on Catechesis, the Commission on the Youth, and the Commission on the B.E.C.)  in the common task of providing biblical formation modules.

3. Sustain and intensify our promotion of the MTBO bible project and its ancillary project, the Handwritten Unity Bible (H.U.B.).

4. To strengthen our Regional Centers by sharing of our “best practices” and resources in the Biblical Pastoral Ministry through the ECBA Office.

5. To review and streamline the organizational structures of our Regional Centers to make them more functional, effective, and responsive to the directions set by “Verbum Domini”.


With the whole-hearted support of our Bishops and under the inspired leadership of the ECBA and the diligence and industry of our Regional Biblical Centers, we hope to realize these commitments within two years.



Approved this 14th of February 2012


For the Participants,






Auxiliary Bishop of San Fernando, Pampanga

Chairman, ECBA