Another bibliodrama seminar was conducted by the staff of the John Paul I Biblical Center for Northern Luzon to the second year students of the St. Benedict Institute for catechists. Fely Gines, Zusan Asistin and Joel Bugtong facilitated the said seminar that started in the morning of June 1 until lunch of June 3, 2007. 


Biblio    is  faith experiencebibliodrama 

The Word of God/Scripture text   confronting the person, so that his/her personal history becomes for him/her salvation history.

Drama     is action, “drama” within the person as he/she experiences the Word physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially.


 What it is:          is an intensive confrontation with a Scripture text (story) in which the participants come to know better themselves and their world  by trying to discover themselves and the world in which they live in and through the Scripture text. 

What it is not:     A dramatization of a biblical text for others to see.

The process:

         With the help of a facilitator the group tries to enter into a biblical text through conversations, interviews, gestures and acting  taking into account one’s social situation and culture, each participant eventually finds a particular place in the biblical narrative.  In this way, a personal relationship with a biblical character is developed, the depths and actuality of the text are discovered and the text comes alive.

      Thus a spiritual process starts, a process in which the participants through sharing of reflection on a biblical passage and about how they see themselves in the biblical narrative they become more conscious of their faith that they want to grow in and develop.

      It is a clarifying process  in which the personal history of each participant, the common history of the group and the faith tradition are clarified through their interaction and background of the scripture text.  This multidimensional activity (process) helps to discover and experience the spiritual power of biblical wisdom; it also helps dissolve blocks of a distorted faith tradition, e.g. a false image of God.

       A creative process  follows in which the participants are changed, allowing new life to emerge.  The individual feels encouraged to listen to the Word of God in his/her everyday life, and to live accordingly, even if this leads to a totally new path.

      The impact of Bibliodrama depends on a wholistic approach, a process which draws its spiritual power  from listening to the Word of God with ear, heart, hand and intellect.  In this way the Word of God can bring about an inner transformation and create a spiritual  fertility by giving life and by enabling to pass life on to others.

The main steps within the Bibliodrama:

1.   Presentation of the biblical text or search for text.

      The facilitator presents  a selected biblical text.  Or he/she starts a process in which the group searches for a text with which each participant can identify or feel at ease with.

 2.    Staging (finding a role)

 The facilitator assists the participants in choosing their role, in accepting it, filling it out during the play and living it and finally reflecting on his/her Bibliodrama experience.

 3.    Integration

       Bringing  out the link between the text and life, the

       experience of the play and everyday life situation (between

       exegesis and life knowledge.)

4.    Encounter 

       Discovering, getting to know and deepening the various

       forms of inner and outer space: balancing closeness and

       distance, empathy and protection of self, perception of self

       and perception by others.

5.    Open (vulnerable) religiosity

        Stimulating spontaneity and creativity so that the

        participants  can experience their own religiosity and can

        express this religiosity on a personal level and in contact

       with others.


Bibliodrama works on four levels:  the cognitive level (knowledge), emotional level (feeling), spiritual level (adoration) and the social level (action).

Bibliodrama is not a show for others to watch but it is a happening in which the participants  themselves experience the Word physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially.






St. Benedict Institute in Fatima, Vigan City invited the staff of the John Paul I Biblical Center for Northern Luzon to conduct the Basic Bible Seminar to their first year students of the said institute for catechists last May 30 to June 1, 2007. The administration and faculty of the SBI counts the BBS as the basic course for biblical studies specially to the incoming first year students for the new school year 2007-2008. Twenty eight students received their certificates together with their complete bibles during the culmination mass celebrated at 6:00 o’clock in the morning of the first day of June.


javier-charles.jpgThe Diocese of Bangued recently finalized the schedule of the Abra Gospel Festival (HEARTS ON FIRE) of 2008 on the second Sunday of February. The celebration will be open to all the Archdioceses, Dioceses and Apostolic Vicariates of Northern Luzon. The program and mechanics of the Hearts on Fire will be posted on this blog site soon.

Charles Javier

Diocesan Biblical Lay Coordinator