Best known for the initials CBCP, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines is, in its present structure, a creation of the Second Vatican Council. A permanent institution, it is a grouping of the bishops of the Philippines " whereby, according to the norm of law, they jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of their territory in view of promoting that greater good which the Church offers to humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate which are fittingly adapted to the circumstances of the time and place" (CIC, c. 447).
The CBCP Media Office became fully operational in 1996 during the first term of Archbishop Cruz as CBCP President. In February of that year, he tasked Msgr. Pedro Quitorio, then the Assistant Secretary General of CBCP, to set up a physical office and hire fulltime staff. In an "ad interim' capacity, he was assigned as Media Director.
In July 1996, the CBCP Media Office was inaugurated after the July Plenary Assembly of the bishops. The office extended 3 spans or bays. The first 2 spans were allocated for a press conference room while the other 1 span was for the Media Office staff.
Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF) is the body of the Catholic Church for the promotion of the Biblical Apostolate. it is "a Catholic Word Fellowship, of administratively distinct international local organizations committed to biblical-pastoral ministry" (CIC 298-326). It relates directly to the Holy See through the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Its office is situated in Stuttgart, Germany registered as number VR 3054 in the Register of Associations. To date, the CBF membership includes 95 full members and 233 associate members coming from a total of 133 countries. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines and the Catholic Conference of Bishops' in the world are FULL member of CBF. Affiliate membership is offered to institution, congregations, centers and groups but not to individuals. The purpose of the Federation is to foster and support the work of Catholic organizations for bibical-pastoral ministry which, throughout the world, collaborate with the bishop's to make the Word of God available to all (DV, VI).
Immaculate Conception School of Theology (ICST)
The Immaculate Conception School of Theology, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur trains future pastors who will preach the Word of God, minister to the sacramental needs of God’s people, build, guide and lead the communities thus nurtured on the Word and the Sacrament. The seminary educates these future pastors to be knowledgeable, competent and perceptive professionals, and forms them to be mature men, prayerfully dedicated to God and apostolically committed to His kingdom.
On September 29, 1979, John Paul I Biblical Center the first and the pioneer Regional Center in the Philippines, was blessed in Vigan City at the Immaculate Conception School of Theology, co-founded by Fr.Ludger Feldkemper, SVD (Father and Founder), Sr. Hernnietta Sebastian, OSB (Mother and co-foundress) and Ms. Felicitas Peroetua Gines (Lady and co-foundress) The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Northern Luzon (CBCNL) recognized JPIBC as the regional biblical center for Northern Luzon and Cordillera.
The Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines (CBAP) is an association of bible exegetes, theologians and professors in the Philippines. Founded in 1999, the CBAP aims to advance biblical studies in the country, holds an annual convention, and publishes its research and proceedings. CBAP holds office at the Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University campus, Quezon City and is registered under the Securities and Exchange Commision of the Philippine Government ( S.E.C. Reg no. A2000003849).
In 1968, Msgr. Mario Baltazar, OP, the Prelate of Batanes-Babuyanes was named Chairman of the Episcopal Committee on the Bible with Efren Rivera, OP as Secretary. The Bible Committee was under the Episcopal Commission for Promoting Christian Unity. The translating the Bible into the vernacular languages. This began common Bible translation in the Philippines for Tgalog, Ilokano, Cebuano and Hiligaynon. The Network that was started by the founding Fathers of ECBA is still going on today in an even more intense way. PBS is a non-profit, non-stock, interconfessional organization that exist to provide people with Scriptures in the language they understand, in formats they prefer and at prices they can afford. Its ministry includes translation, production, distribution and promotion of Holy Scriptures and fundraising. Besides providing the Catholic Edition of the Bible, PBS coordinates closely with ECBA and other Churches for a successful and meaningful celebration of the Annual National Bible Week.
SIL is an international private volunteer organization which was established in 1934, In 1953, SIL signed an agreement with the Department of Education to work among the cultural communities and/or indigenous people. SIL Philippine Statistical SUmmary includes 92 Philippine languages researched; 43 language projects in progress; 47 published vernacular Scriptures Volumes; over 3,400 SIL Publications in print and 14 Home Countries of SIL Members.
The Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) is a voluntary association of episcopal conferences in South, Southeast, East and Central Asia, established with the approval of the Holy See. Its purpose is to foster among its members solidarity and co-responsibility for the welfare of Church and society in Asia, and to promote and defend whatever is for the greater good.
is a pastoral endeavor of the Claretian Missionaries in Macau, China.
It aims to promote a renewed spirituality rooted in the Word of God
and the living tradition of the Church in response
to the needs, challenges, and pastoral demands of today.
A CICM mission spirituality center that journeys with people towards a participatory church in the world by facilitating an experience of community and training skills. Bukal ng Tipan is located on a hilltop overlooking all the cities of Metro Manila and nearby provinces. Surrounded by nature, Bukal provides a refreshing space for renewing one's covenant with God and one's commitment to mission.
This is still under construction. When fully developed this website will provide updates on BECs from all over the country. It will contain resources (e.g. training manuals, modules, powerpoint presentations, video-documentaries, podcasts, etc.) that can be downloaded. Articles and reflections on BECs will be posted. Documentations/ proceedings of BEC assemblies will be made available. There will be an internet forum where discussions on BEC concerns and issues will be encouraged. The website will also contain various case studies and success stories about BECs. Basic data and information about the BECs/BEC programs in each diocese/parish will be posted. It will also contain the directory of diocesan BEC directors/coordinators and promoters.
You can help in developing this website by sending updates and news about your BECs, sharing your reflections and articles and participating in the forum.
Fr. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR, STD
Sponsored of Ms. Elvira Y. Go of Columbia International Food Products, Inc. The Catholic Family Bible Quiz was launched with the participation of four (4) Episcopal Commissions and the Philippine Bible Society. The four (4) commission are the Permanent Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses, Commission for the Biblical Apostolate, Commission on Family and Life and the Commission on Youth. The fivefold objectives of this contest are:
To strengthen family ties and relationship
To increase knowledge and love for the Bible and Catholic Faith
To bring the Catholic Church closer to families and vice versa
To deepen Gospel Values in the Family
To foster love for the Eucharist and the Blessed Mother
Founded on 8 April 1983 by Sr. Maureena Fritz and Sr. Anne Anderson in Toronto, Canada, Bat Kol Institute became a registered non-profit organization based in Jerusalem, Israel in 1992. Today, the institute is an international association of Christian women and men who are committed to study the Word of God within its Jewish context and to incorporate these studies into their Christian self-understanding in a manner that respects the integrity of both traditions. Alumni have founded centres in the Philippines, South Africa, India, United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Brazil and a number of other international venues.
Bat Kol Institute�??s program was closely integrated into the Ratisbonne Institute in Jerusalem (since 1987), and now, as an independent institute, maintains much of the curriculum and the faculty that were connected with Ratisbonne.
Each July, Bat Kol Institute organizes intense month-long graduate level courses in Jerusalem, accredited by the Gregorian University in Rome, the University of St. Michael�??s College in Toronto, and several other international universities.
Bat Kol is a Hebrew phrase that means �??daughter of a voice.�?? She is the daughter of God�??s Voice and her dwelling places range from the loftiest heights of human thought to the lowliest of hearts on earth. No place is closed to her presence. After the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 of the present era, one of our ancients exclaimed, �??I heard a divine voice cooing like a dove, and saying, �??Woe to the children on account of their sins.�??�??