BA DIRECTORS OF NORTHERN LUZON – ANNUAL MEETING

THE 44TH BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING OF JPIBC AND NLCBA

DWFC – Divine Word College of Urdaneta

Urdaneta City

July 14-15, 2008

THE 44TH BOD MEETING

THE 44TH BOD MEETING

The annual Board of Directors’ meeting was held at the Divine Word Formation Center of the Divine Word College of Urdaneta last July 14-15, 2008. In spite of the bad weather, the slow moving storm “Helen” did not impede the determined spirit as each of the participants braved their way to the booming City of Urdaneta.

First arrival in the list was Miss Virginia Godoy from the Apostolic Vicariate of Tabuk who reached the place a day earlier. We, the John Paul I Biblical Center staff with our new director Fr. Jaimelito Gealan, SVD, and two companions representing the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia arrived safe with our heavy duty service car amidst experiencing heavy rains inside and out. Participants coming in one after the other as we kept ourselves warm with the prepared hot drinks, biscuits, puto (native delicacy) at the lobby of the venue.

The soft spoken rector of Divine Word Formation Center Fr. Bernard Teneza, SVD and some of the seminarians welcomed us, assisted us in our needs and made us feel comfortable in approaching them whatever we need during our stay.

FR. EFREN AMBRE - BISHOP MAYUGBA - FR. NILO GEALAN,SVD

SECRETARY SR. GUADA, OSB, FR. EFREN AMBRE - BISHOP MAYUGBA - FR. NILO GEALAN,SVD

The meeting was attended by 23 participants led by the Bishop Chairman Most Rev. Renato P. Mayugba, D.D., 6 priests, 4 religious women, 1 major seminarian from the Immaculate Conception School of Theology and 11 lay coordinators, representing the 11 arch/dioceses of Northern Luzon. Only three dioceses were not represented: the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao, the Apostolic Vicariate of Bontoc-Lagawe and the Prelature of Batanes.

The good bishop chairman officially opened the meeting at 4:25P.M. with a prayer to the Holy Spirit. He then introduced the new faces in the group; the new director of JPIBC Fr. Jaimelito G. Gealan, SVD, the new BA director of the diocese of Bayombong Fr. Crispin Costales, and Mr. Carlito Avisado, a lay proxy of Fr. Vic Hernando, director of the Diocese of Laoag.

The meeting started with the re-echo of the experiences in Tanzania, the CBF’s 7th Plenary Assembly followed by the opening mass presided by Bishop Rene at 5:00 P.M.

MORNING SESSION WITH THE DIRECTOR OF JPIBC

MORNING SESSION WITH THE DIRECTOR OF JPIBC

The next activity was the exchange/report on the role of Biblical Apostolate in BEC, Biblical Apostolate activities and the meaningful distribution of Bibles facilitated by Fr. Gealan.

Highlights were given attention to such as the following:

  1. the representative of Tabuk and Bayombong asked the assistance of the group to help them jumpstart their Biblical Apostolate.
  2. the making use of module on Creative Use of Scriptures in Catechesis learned from WABI 2008
  3. networking of Northern Luzon Biblical Apostolate with Catholic Schools, BEC, FLA, Catechetical and Indigenous Peoples Apostolate.
  4. prison apostolate emerged as one of the Biblical Apostolate activities
  5. there is a solid and strong family of Biblical Apostolate of Northern Luzon through the Regional Center.

Mrs. Lina Cacal updated the group of ECBA’s (Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate) activities such as the Bible translations’ workshop, coordinating with PBS for Bible distribution, the schedule of the next Catholic Family Bible Quiz with a new feature on-the-spot Painting Contest.

Fr. Doms continued the sharing of the Tanzanian experience through power point presentation after dinner. His presentation was the result of daily reflections on the Word of God – or Encounter with the Word in Tanzania through the Lectio Divina Group. He also distributed to everyone copies of the major talks delivered by resource persons during the 7th Plenary Assembly together with the draft of the Final Statement. He took the opportunity also to thank the group for the cooperation and support they accorded to him for the past six years as director of the John Paul I Biblical Center.

The continuation of the meeting on the next day focused on the following:

MORNING PRAISE

MORNING PRAISE

I. JPIBC concerns on:

A. Financial

The Center has survived thru the years through generous donations in addition to the meager annual average income. Its income is much, much less than it actually spends. Income includes Bishops’ annual contribution, 30 % Bible Week share, honoraria from seminars, recollections, Retreats, Ilocano Lectionary and Bible sales. Fr. Nilo opened to the board the financial concern of the Biblical Center.

Some concrete suggestions:

Ø JPIBC to regularly inform the dioceses on a quarterly basis about Bible Collecta.

Ø Bishop Rene will continue informing/writing his fellow bishops about their contributions.

Ø Directors order DBRG (Daily Bible Reading Guides) to JPIBC, 1 carton of 5,000 copies cost Php 500 to help finance the center

Ø Dioceses/parishes to encourage school children to donate their 25 centavos to the Center like Pondo ng Pinoy, but give it another distinct name.

B. Programs

1. JPIBC to collect modules from the dioceses for editing, layout and publish them for sale. Deadline for submission on August 30, 2008.

2. Pastoral visitations by the Bishop Chairman and staff with the following objectives: to “sell” the Center’s activities, to consult our co-workers, to collect modules, fees, and to give formation. Schedules if possible should coincide with an event e.g. bible congress or a seminar.

3. Gospel Song Writing Contest. – Fr. Nilo will give the theme, mechanics of the Contest

4. Hearts on Fire 2009. – It is a summer youth bible camp, a week long affair slated on April 2009. Its activities include bible lectures, celebrations, and bible walks. “Hearts on Fire” is Abra’s property; it is a festival in nature and done in a day annually. It was suggested that Hearts on Fire 2009 get another name to avoid confusion – e.g. Emmaus Gospel Gathering with a subtitle Summer Bible Youth Camp. It was decided that the venue will be in Peñarubia, Abra because it will be celebrated in conjunction with the Jubilee of SVD’s in Abra. One Hundred participants from Northern Luzon dioceses are invited. It will be coordinated with the Diocesan Youth Ministry.

5. The Word of God in the Schools – a program intended for Catholic schools.

Activities of the students include sharing on the Word of God during their Religious education classes, writing of reflections with note from their parents.

6. WABI 2009. April 20 – May 10.

Based on the financial report, expenses for the WABI is much more than it gets. Thus the question, is WABI worth keeping? The body’s answer is yes. Some suggestions to make it more viable: get in more participants, lessen the number of days from 21 days to 14 but keep registration fee as is, improve on the curriculum: lessen number of subjects and on project making, Level 1 participants should be required to undergo the BBS before enrolling. These are proposals for further study.

II. 24th Regional Biblical Workshop for Northern Luzon

The date of the 24th Regional Biblical Workshop for Northern Luzon will be on October 13 -16, 2008, to be hosted by the Diocese of Urdaneta, with the venue at John Paul II Pastoral Center. The theme, registration fee and other details will be announced later after some planning between the Bishop Chairman, Fr. Larry Hortaleza and JPIBC staff.

CULMINATION MASS

The 44th Board of Directors’ meeting concluded with a Eucharistic celebration at the Divine Word Formation Center chapel presided by Fr. Efren Ambre, the Vice- Chairman. Fr. Efren challenged the group to do something as planned unlike those mentioned in the Gospel that “they are not doing evil but they are not doing good either”.

THE BA DIRECTORS-COORDINATORS OF NORTHERN LUZON

THE BA DIRECTORS-COORDINATORS OF NORTHERN LUZON

Reported by:

Ms. Zusan G. Asistin

22 July 2008

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