Bp. Francisco F. Claver, S.J., D.D.
Emeritus Bishop of Bontoc-Lagawe joined our Father in heaven last 01 July 2010 just before 3:00 AM at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center. Born 20 January 1929, joined the Jesuit Order 30 May 1948, ordained Presbyter 18 June 1961, ordained Bishop 22 August 1969, for Malaybalay, Bukidnon; Apostolic Vicar of Bontoc-Lagawe.
“Bishop Cisco was a great shepherd, prophet, teacher and writer. With his lucidity of thought and expression, his depth of faith and courage, his profound ability to discern the signs of the times, he contributed in countless… ways to the building up of “a new way of being Church” in Malaybalay, Bontoc-Lagawe, Mindanao, the Philippines and Asia. With his passing, we can now gratefully take stock of all that we owe to his leadership, his writing, and his person. Behind his apparent gruffness were humor, humility and humanity. Mentor, brother and friend: may you be eternally joyful with the Lord.” Rev. Fr. Danny Huang, SJ
Bishop Claver was a member of (SLB) Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan Board of Trustees from year 2006 until his death. Dying with his boots on, Bishop Claver was a true servant of his people and servant of God.
“Bishop Cisco, we thank you for your total and dedicated service.”
Thursday and Friday (July 1-2, 2010), 8:00 PM, WAKE MASSES at Loyola House of Studies Oratory, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights Quezon City
AM Saturday (July 3, 2010), body will be brought to Bontoc, Mountain Province
Wednesday (July 7, 2010), 2:30 PM, FUNERAL MASS at Loyola House of Studies Oratory, with Fr. Catalino Arevalo, SJ as preacher
SHARED BY: SIMBAHANG LINGKOD NG BAYAN
2010 BIBLICAL APOSTOLATE
FOR NORTHERN LUZON
TO: BIBLICAL APOSTOLATE DIRECTORS/LAY COORDINATORS
RE: 2010 BIBLICAL APOSTOLATE FOR NORTHERN LUZON
GREETINGS TO ONE AND ALL!
This year 2010 calls all BA ministers of Northern Luzon for greater zeal in promoting the WORD! Like Jesus we see that “the harvest is great” and there is a great hunger for the true food that satisfies – THE WORD OF GOD!
The month of January is the month of the NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK (January 25-31). We are all encouraged to plan out activities that would make our people more and more aware that “ignorance of Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.” We have to renew our zeal to make sure that people have “easy access to Sacred Scriptures” may be made more and more possible. We have to devise ways and means to attract and inspire our people to make the Word of God the foundation of our life. We pray with all Christians
MAKE US LOVE YOUR WORD.
TEACH US TO LISTEN AND LIVE BY YOUR WORD.
BLESS ALL WHO PROMOTE THE WORD.
OPEN OUR HEARTS THAT WE MAY GENEROUSLY SHARE OUR TREASURES SO THAT MORE MAY HAVE A COPY OF YOUR WRITTEN WORD.
In February we have the NATIONAL CONSULTATION (February 8-9) and the NATIONAL BIBLE WORKSHOP (February 9-13) in Talisay, Batangas. We are looking forward to your participation in this workshop with 2 – 3 participants. There will be very interesting workshops that would serve as up-dating for our BA workers. IT WOULD BE NICE IF WE COULD ALREADY KNOW IN ADVANCE THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO ARE ATTENDING. WE WOULD BE VERY HAPPY IF YOU COULD FORWARD TO US SOONEST POSSIBLE A ONE-PAGE SUMMARY OF YOUR MOST SIGNIFICANT ACTS IN YOUR ARCHDIOCESE/DIOCESE FOR OUR REGIONAL REPORT.
In April there is a plan for a NORTHERN LUZON PASTORAL FORUM (April 12-15). The Forum will follow the four –point message of the 12th Synod of Bishops on the Word – (1) THE VOICE OF THE WORD, (2) THE FACE OF THE WORD, (3) THE HOUSE OF THE WORD, (4) THE ROADS OF THE WORD. The BA will be playing a major role in this forthcoming NLPF. (We hope we shall have some time during the National Workshop to sit down and discuss this.) Blessed be the Lord!
Sometime in June we shall have our mid-year Board of Directors Meeting. We hope that by June we shall already be ready to give updates about our MTBO CAMPAIGN! We do need to work harder in promoting the MTBO bible in our region. To date, our distribution of the ILOCANO translation has lagged behind the other regions. We should do more. We have to realize that this is a very special gift of God to us. CAN YOU IMAGINE 5,000,000 bibles being distributed in 5 years? That is 5,000,000 more families reading and living the Word! CAN YOU IMAGINE?
Sometime in the second half of 2010 – perhaps in the months of September-December we shall be engaged in THE BIBLE ENCOUNTER being organized by our very zealous bible promoter, MS. ELVIRA YAP GO. This year we may not have a BIBLE QUIZ but instead have a BIBLE ENCOUNTER. Already this early, we ask you to begin your bible formation for families. We all know from our experiences that the WORD can transform persons and families. The BIBLE QUIZ made families spend time on the Word and thus became closer. The BIBLE ENCOUNTER we expect will make our families have a deeper relationship with the WORD. With transformed families we hope to have transformed communities and then a transformed society and nation.
Finally, by December we shall schedule our 2nd BOD meeting and Christmas party. By then we hope to have time not only for business meeting but also a time for an ADVENT RETREAT! We will spend some time together as disciples. We shall encounter also the DIVINE WORD who has called us for our ministry of the Word!
Please take note of this schematic program for the year 2010!
Praying for you all who love the Word,
SGD: MOST REV. RENATO P. MAYUGBA, DD
Chairman for the BA-Northern Luzon
January 5, 2010
ECBA-CBCP and PHILIPPINE BIBLE SOCIETY
FACE BIG CHALLENGE
For Deliverance From Calamities
Almighty Father, we raise our hearts to You in gratitude for the wonders of creation
of which we are part, for Your Providence in sustaining our needs,
and for Your Wisdom that guides the course of the universe.
We acknowledge our sins against You and the rest of creation.
We have not been good stewards of Nature.
We have confused Your command to subdue the Earth.
The environment is made to suffer our wrongdoing,
and now we reap the harvest of our abuse and indifference.
Global warming is upon us, typhoons, floods, volcanic eruptions,
and other natural calamities occur in increasing numbers and intensity.
We turn to You, our loving Father, and beg forgiveness for our sins.
We ask that we, our loved ones and our hard earned possessions
be spared from the threat of calamities, natural and man-made.
We beseech You to inspire us all to grow into responsible stewards of Your creation,
and generous neighbors to those in need.
The John Paul I Biblical Center is a real blessing to the Northern Luzon Church in the Biblical Pastoral Ministry…the pioneer biblical center in the whole archipelago and an icon in Southeast Asia in doing Biblical Apostolate. We thank the Incarnate Word with our hearts on fire for gifting us with the JPIBC remembering the founders with happy memories Sr. Henrietta Sebastian, OSB our beloved Fr. Ludger Feldkaemper, SVD and the directors that served the center: Fr. Wim Wijtten, SVD, Fr. Oscar Alunday, SVD, Fr. Manolito Barona, SVD, Fr. Dominador Ramos, SVD and Fr. Jaimelito Gealan, SVD.
Today, we join Apo Wim Wijtten, SVD our former JPIBC Director in thanking the Lord for the gift of life. May your celebration Apo Wim be filled with joy and meaning as we assure you of our continuous prayers for a more intense encounter with the Word in your life and mission.
Our Dear Apo Wim,
The SIHM Family of Baguio and the Cordilleras greet you a Happy, Meaningful Birthday today!
We pray that you may have many more birthdays to be celebrated, and looking forward to your 77th Birthday for us to pray for long life so you can make more impact on peoples’ lives through the WORD that you have been promoting all these years.
Happy Birthday again from the SIHM Sisters.
You worked with Sr. Beata Balaso and Sr. Antonia Anas, SIHM
Hurray to the JPIBC for their animated Greetings to you!!!
Sr. Aurora A. Codiam, SIHM