Oratio Imperata

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.




Dear Ms Fely and Ms Christa,

The JPIBC rightly remembers with joy and gratitude the many years of your committed service to the biblical ministry in the Philippines. I’ve had the good fortune to get to know Fely through the Dei Verbum Course but not Crista, though!

Let me take this opportunity to congratulate both of you on this wonderful occasion! May the Good Lord and Our Beloved Mother accompany you always in your ministry and let it grow from strength to spiritual strength!!

Wishing you and all the members of your team at JPIBC a grace-filled Holy Week and a happy Easter,

George Koottappillil

Dei Verbum Centre

Nemi, Rome

24th Regional Biblical Workshop of Northern Luzon


In the name of the clergy and laity of the Diocese of Urdaneta and in behalf of our diocesan office of the Biblical Apostolate, I with delight and joy wish to warmly welcome you, our beloved regional chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate, the Most Rev. Renato P. Mayugba, DD, the John Paul I Biblical Center Officer in Charge Rev. Fr. Efren Ambre and his staff, the Rev. Fathers and Religious Men and Women, our biblical ministers, the delegates and participants of the 24th Regional Biblical Workshop. I apologize for my absence during this very important event in our biblical ministry.

“UT UNUM SINT” (That they maybe one!) This is a prayer Jesus addressed to the Father that the disciples may be one modeled after the union and intimacy of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This gathering humbly realizes this prayer of Jesus. As we come together, Jesus also prays and wishes that we may be one, that is, one in mind, heart and soul; one in the vision and mission of the apostolate; one in our goal and one in the action to spread God’s Word; one in our love and care for one another.

In the name of the Word who united and continues to unite us, our sincerest gratitude goes to the organizers and participants of this workshop! Our deepest thanks extends to all our priests, sisters, religious, our lay brothers and sisters who contributed their wealth, time and talents to make this workshop a real coming together! God bless you all!

Most Rev. Jacinto A. Jose, DD

Bishop of Urdaneta



The Diocese of Urdaneta headed by Bishop Jacinto Jose, DD with Msgr. Larry Hortaleza, VG the Diocesan Biblical Apostolate Director will be hosting the 24th Regional Biblical Workshop for Northern Luzon which will start today – Monday, October 20 until Thursday, October 23 with the John Paul II Pastoral Center, Urdaneta City as the venue. The theme for this year’s Regional Biblical Workshop will be: “That All Maybe One” adapted from the theme of the coming National Bible Week and National Bible Sunday 2009.

We are requesting all our companions along the road all over the world to pray for the success of this regional workshop. We will be remembering you all in all our celebrations of the Word and the Eucharist.

For those who will be journeying with us throughout these days of the workshop here is the schema and the program prepared by the Board of Directors and John Paul I Biblical Center headed by our beloved hands-on Bishop Chairman Most Rev. Renato P. Mayugba, DD:


S C H E M A  . . . and . . . P R O G R A M


Objective: To plan a 2-year Biblical-Pastoral Ministry for the Northern Luzon-Cordillera Region in the light of directions set by ECBA-CBF and in view of the upcoming synod of bishops on the Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church.





Process: Through a workshop with the following components:



· Bible Service

· Lectio Divina

Liturgy of the Hours

· Holy Eucharist



· Conference

· Group Sharing




Organization: The Assembly will be divided into the following

Working Committees:


1. General Secretariat: c/o JPIBC

· To oversee and coordinate all activities

· To communicate all relevant information

· To prepare all necessary materials

· To document all proceedings

· To plan all spiritual-liturgical activities

· To assign celebrants, prayer leaders, sharers


2. Steering Committee: c/o Fr. Efren Ambre


  • To lead the assembly in the various activities
  • To moderate and animate the sessions
  • (including assigning a moderator of the day)
  • To collate and synthesize output of the assembly


3. Ways and Means: Host Diocese

(c/o Msgr Larry/Fr. Doms Ramos)


  • To prepare the venue and accommodations (including area & tables for Exhibits & Display, 6 venues for Interest Group Forum-Exchange, Secretariat area with computers, copier, printer; LCD
  • To manage a desk for general services: Health, Errands, Telephone (including Mass Kit, Liturgical vestments, guitar, CD player)
  • To prepare Envelop/Stipend for invited Resource Persons/Facilitators, Main celebrants





DAY 1: Oct 20 Monday

FELLOWSHIP Emcee: Aurora Rosario, EdD

1:00 p.m. Arrival/Registration c/o HOST DIOCESE

3:30 Welcome snacks


4:30 Welcome/General Orientation


· Welcome – Msgr. Larry

· Roll Call of Delegates – Mr. Charles Javier

Thru a joyful presentation of delegates – scripture passage with tune Action (in 2 minutes)

· Orientation to the Venue – c/o Host Diocese

· Orientation to the Workshop – Fr. Efren Ambre



Choir, Servers – c/o Host Diocese


7:00 Dinner

· Socials/Cultural Show C/O HOST DIOCESE


DAY 2: Oct 21 Tuesday

LISTEN Morning Moderator: Sr. Antonia Anas, SIHM


6:30 a.m. Lectio Divina (mixed group) C/0 SECRETARIAT

Text: Gospel of the day


7:30 Breakfast


8:15 Recap : Sr. Guadalupe Naungayan, OSB

(recorder throughout the Workshop)

8:30 Keynote Address:

Introduction: Ms Silvana de Vera



9:45 Health Break


10:15 Workshop 1: DEFINE-DISCOVER




1. Does your BA offer concrete programs on the formation of the social conscience of our people? In what way? On social issues in your area? In what way?

2. How involved is your BA in the BEC? With the other commissions?

3. Do you have common projects/action with other ecumenical churches? What are they?

4. Do you have lay faithful praying the Liturgy of the Hours? Individuals? Groups?


11:00 Reporting


12:00 Lunch



Afternoon Moderator: Engr. Marcelo M. Vistro

Defreezing – c/o Charles Javier



2:00 pm Workshop 2: DREAM – C/O STEERING COMMITTEE



3:00 Reporting


4:00 Health Break


4:30 Interest Group Forum-Exchange


1. BA with prisoners

Facilitator: Sis. Silvana de Vera

(Recorder Cristina Coloma)


2. BA and the Mass Media (print, broadcast, cybertech)

Facilitator for print: Sis Aurora Rosario,

(Recorder – Mando Ferras)

Facilitator for broadcast: Ms. Merla Ruiz

(Recorder – Fr. Aries Mina)

Facilitator for cybertech: Fr. Doms Ramos, SVD

(Recorder – Fr. Crispin Costales)

3. BA and Catechetics

Facilitator: Sis. Nati Pagadut

(Recorder – Irene Ortiz)

4. BA and Intereligious Dialogue/Ecumenism

Facilitator: Fr. Oscar Alunday, SVD

(Recorder – Sem. Bernard Barboza)


6:00 Holy Mass


Readers, servers – c/o Montañosa Sub region


7:00 Supper





9:00 Night Prayer




DAY 3: Oct 22 – Wednesday



Morning Moderator: Fr. Dennis Buenafe, SVD


6:30 a.m Lectio Divina (sub-regional) – C/O SECRETARIAT

Text: Gospel of the day


7:30 Breakfast


8:30 Workshop 3: DESIGN (plenum) – c/o Resource Person:

o Recap of the work of Day 2 Sr Beata Balaso, SIHM

o Open forum on the “DESIDERATA” for the BA

o Consensus


10:00 Break


10:30 Group work (divided according to “desiderata)




12:00 Lunch


Afternoon Moderator: Fr. Aries Mina


2:00 p.m Workshop 4: DESTINY (plenum) – c/o Resource Person:

Defreezing – c/o Charles Javier

§ Reporting

§ Open forum

§ Consensus

4:00 Break




6:00 Holy Mass


Main Celebrant: Bp. Leopoldo Jaucian, SVD, DD

Readers.Servers c/o Ilocandia Sub region


7:00 Community Agape and Program – c/o HOST DIOCESE


8:00 -10:00 BOD MEETING Agenda:







by Dr. Echkart Frick, SJ (c/o ECBA)


DAY 4: Oct 23 – Thursday

HERE I AM, SEND ME! Moderator: Fr. John Habawel, DMin


6:30 – Lectio Divina (sub-regional) C/O SECRETARIAT

Text: Gospel of the day

7:30 – Breakfast


8:30 – Synthesis – C/O STEERING COMMITTEE

(Mrs. Grace Fiesta?)


10:00 – Break-Feedback-evaluation-announcements


11:00 – Holy Mass


Main Celebrant: Bp. Renato P. Mayugba, DD

Readers. Servers c/o LINGAYEN-DAGUPAN

& CAVISA sub regions


12:30 – Luncheon








The Workers of Christ the Worker Religious Congregation based in the Diocese of Urdaneta accepted five sisters to their final profession of vows last June 7, 2008 at ten o’clock in the morning in San Raphael Parish, Linmansangan, Binalonan, Pangasinan officiated by Most Rev. Jacinto A. Jose, DD the bishop of the diocese of Urdaneta, assisted by Rev. Fr. Bernard Teneza, SVD and Rev. Fr. Dominador O. Ramos, SVD. The occasion was graced by the presence of the foundress Sr. Deolindis (Emerita Arambulo Luza) with the new Superior General Sr. Felicitas Gasque, WCW. Hundreds of relatives, friends, WCW sisters, other congregations, benefactors and guests attended the solemn celebration of the word and the eucharist praying for the perseverance of the sisters. The picture below shows the images of the sisters with their names and places of origin:



The Workers of Christ the Worker in the Vineyard of the Lord

in retrospect:

Sr. Deolindis (Emerita Arambulo Luza) was born in Sta. Cruz, Manila on September 22, 1927. Her parents came from good Catholic families and inculcated in her great love of God and neighbor. They also provided her solid Christian education and inculcated in her compassion for the poor. Many people would come her for help and she cannot recall anyone who was sent without assistance.


She joined the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit. In 1954 she pronounced her first vows and she made her final vows in 1960.


By God’s loving providence she had been enriched by the spirituality of the Arnoldus Family – the Trinitarian Spirituality of the Holy Triune God and came to know the Focolare Movement. The writings of its foundress Chiara Lubich and the actual contact with the movement greatly helped her discern God’s most holy will each present moment with Jesus in the midst.


The main idea that struck her was that there is only one choice – GOD. Love of God and neighbor is supposed to be expressed moment to moment as the Gospel teaches us and which all Christians believe in. But what she observes missing was the actual living of the Gospel. She was strongly convinced that if she could help promote this ideal among men and women by living the Word of God, she would achieve the goal of Christianity – to do the “Will of God.”


She came to know also the biggest farmers movement in our country – the Federation of Free Farmers. The Gospel orientation and philosophy of its founder, Atty. Jeremias U. Montemayor convinced her of the need of a particular apostolate. She was greatly inspired to focus mission work among our people in the rural areas specially the poor. She learned that most of if not all the miseries of our people emanate from social injustice. She was convinced that only the Gospel and the Social Teachings of the Church can truly liberate our people from all kinds of oppressions, for the real root is sin. Convinced that God wanted her to work among the poor, she got the necessary permissions from her ecclesiastical and religious superiors. This led to the founding of the Workers of Christ the Worker Religious Congregation. She feels deeply obliged to acknowledge these religious experiences to the Arnoldus Family, the Focolare Movement and the Federation of Free Farmers.


Following Christ’s command: “Go and preach the Gospel to all creatures especially to the poor” Lk. 9:2, the sisters go to the poor in the rural areas where most of our people live. The preaching of the Gospel will be through witnessing, by love and concern for the people’s actual needs both spiritual and material. Actually this is the demand of our day – the so called “The New Evangelization” that on “Being before Proclaiming”. True compassion calls for personal interest and concern for people’s needs based on fraternal love. Hence the motto of the congregation: “I HAVE COMPASSION ON THE CROWD” Matt. 15:32. God’s love has gathered the sisters coming from different places into this religious family – the Workers of Christ the Worker.


The term “workers” denotes the people from the agricultural sector; farmers and fishermen and others for whom the apostolate are directed. The sisters’ mission is working with them to help uplift the economic, social, intellectual and above all spiritual conditions. This would actually lead to forming Basic Ecclesial Communities, the Thrust of the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines, of which the foundress was privileged participant. “Workers” too are needed in the vineyard of the Lord as Christ Himself prayed: “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few, pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out workers to His harvest.” Matt. 9:37-38.


The Workers of Christ the Worker Congregation so beautifully enriched hopes one day to realize in the world:


–         a People of God who are united

–         a people of God who are contemplatives in the midst of the world

–         a people of God who are compassionate

–         a people of God who are Eucharist centered




with reports from WCW




Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate

Cha-Li Beach Resort, Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City

February 11-15, 2008

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For the 17th National Biblical Workshop of the Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate (ECBA-CBCP), some 218 Bible workers from all over the country gathered at Cagayan de Oro City, the city of golden friendship, in northern Mindanao. They were joined by 24 delegates from ten (10) South East Asian countries who would participate in the 5th South-East Asia Catholic Biblical Federation.

The ECBA Workshop held on February 11-15, 2008 was followed immediately by the CBF Workshop (February 16-17). Venue to both events was the Cha-li Beach Resort, Zone 3 Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City.


When the participants were arriving, the weather was turning inclement, delaying the flights of some participants and preventing others from coming. Outside the venue, angry waves were pounding the sea walls. It is as if nature itself, still groaning in the travails of the children of God, was mourning if not lambasting, the brewing political crisis in the country as the Senate was investigating the NBN-ZTE corruption scandal involving the officials in the highest echelon of the government. The encircling gloom played like a prelude to the theme of the workshop: “God’s Word: Source of Justice, Reconciliation and Peace.” More than ever, the power of God’s Word is needed to break darkness’ spell that threatens not just the political fabric but the very soul of the nation.


In his introductory remark, Bishop Arturo Bastes, ECBA Chairman, put the two workshops in the context of several biblical events that would rightly make 2008 the Year of the Bible. On June 24-July 3, 2008, the Catholic Biblical Federation will hold its 7th Plenary Assembly in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Africa. Then, the biggest biblical event of the year follows in October: the 12th Ordinary Synod of Bishops which has as theme “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church.” No less significant is the celebration of the Year of St. Paul marking the bi-millennium of his birth which will be celebrated on June 28, 2008—June 29, 2009. The letters of St. Paul, considered the first “Christian theologian,” comprise the earliest New Testament writings.


The conferences were chosen to elucidate the different dimensions of justice, reconciliation and peace. On the first day, Fr. Albert Alejo, SJ spoke on “The Transformative Power of God’s Word in the Struggle against Corruption.” He was followed by Sr. Bernardita Dianzon, FSP who developed a theme with Pauline and ecological color: “St. Paul and the Groaning of Creation.” The Keynote Speaker, Bishop Broderick Pabillo, was prevented by bad weather from coming. But he sent his reflection on the theme “The Word of God—Source of Justice, Reconciliation, and Peace” and this was delivered with,  “rabbinic” commentaries, by Bishop Arturo Bastes in the morning of the second day. Another speaker, Ambassador Tita de Villa, did reach Cagayan de Oro in the afternoon and she spoke on “Challenge 2010… Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting.” Bishop Virgilio David was not as successful, so his prepared conference on the Lineamenta of the Synod of Bishops was presented by Bishop Renato Mayugba.


The main conferences were supplemented by sharing and workshops. The convention appreciated the National Catholic Family Bible Quiz, now in its 3rd edition. It has branched out to other countries and has given birth to a TV talk-show “Power to Unite.” On the third day, the participants had several workshops to choose from: Bible Translations and the Challenge of Justice, Reconciliation and Peace (Fr. Marc Jacobson and Dr. Annie del Corro), Justice, Reconciliation and Peace in the Bible and the Qur’an (Msgr. Elmer Abacahin and Ms. Aminah Mambuay), Promotion of Justice, Reconciliation and Peace in the Military and Police (P. Supt. Romy Inway Palgue and P. Supt. Warren Tolito), Catholic Faith Defenders as Promoters of Justice, Reconciliation and Peace (Atty. Mike Abas), and Bibliodrama and the Biblical-Pastoral Ministry (Fr. Rudi Poehl,SVD).  


Indeed, the participants were offered a wealth of materials to ruminate upon, a veritable banquet for the mind and spirit. The organizers have really done a magnificent job. The workshop would not be successful if not through the efforts of our wonderful hosts who showed us the best of the province’s hospitality and golden heart. Our gratitude goes to Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, SJ and his team headed by the Diocesan Bible Director Fr. Alan Pulgo. Thanks to generous individuals and groups who prepared food and entertainment for us. Thanks also to Fr. Iluminado Rojo, the Regional Director for Mindanao. With our thanks goes our felicitation to the whole Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro which is currently celebrating its Diamond Jubilee as an independent diocese.


Finally, we would like to thank our speakers and workshop animators for sharing with us the fruits of their own “wrestling with the Word” and for braving the inclement weather in order to join us.


In this workshop, we felt more intensely the travails of the workers for justice, reconciliation and peace. Creation “groans” with us as we try to live up to our dignity as children of God. Although we realize how deep we have fallen into the spell of corruption, and how difficult and how hopeless the situation may seem to some, we are full of hope for we know that the grace of God in Christ Jesus is more powerful than darkness and our human frailty. Our hope and our strength comes from the Word, “inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in holiness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16-17). In the power of the Word, we shall strive to implement the following lines of action, the fruit of our 17th National Bible Workshop:


1. Our struggle for Justice, Reconciliation, and Peace

1.1. We reiterate our resolve in the Bontoc Workshop: that we shall, in our personal capacity, reject corruption in all its forms. We shall begin with our personal values, the values of our family, parish, basic ecclesial communities and religious institutions.


1.2. We shall apply ourselves to more organized actions to fight corruption, form or join “circles of discernment,” and support those who forsake corruption to redeem their dignity/soul.

2. Challenge 2010


2.1. We shall respect and help others respect the dignity of the ballot. We shall help expose in a Christian way the evils of CORRUPTION which has become imbedded in the electoral process and in our social life.


2.2. We shall help the PPCRV in the formation of conscience and the mobilization of volunteers to disseminate its roadmap, to monitor the conduct of elections, and to carry out electoral reforms.


3. Bishops’ Synod on the Word of God


3.1. We shall pray for and follow the developments in the Synod on the Word of God. Once the Apostolic Exhortation on the Word of God comes out, we shall make it one of the principal guides for our Bible apostolate.


4. Jubilee of St. Paul


4.1. We shall strive to know, love, and imitate the great Apostle of the Gentiles. We shall reflect on his letters and pray for a share of his zeal for the Gospel. We shall support the various initiatives of the Church for the celebration of the Pauline Year 2008-2009 and her concern for ecology.


5. Bible Celebrations


5.1. We shall participate more actively in the different Biblical initiatives, celebrations, and causes: Family Bible Quiz, National Bible Month/Week/Sunday, Bible symposia/sharing.  

6. Five-fold area of Biblical Pastoral Ministry


6.1. We shall integrate our biblical pastoral ministry under five areas: Formation, Celebration, Translation, Production, and Distribution.                                                                                                    

7. Networking 

7.1 We shall network with the CBF and the Biblical Pastoral Workers in South East Asia and North East Asia. We shall make use of media technology in coordinating our efforts and in spreading the Good News.


Approved this 14th of February 2008




Bishop of Sorsogon

ECBA-CBCP Chairman

In the name of the participants


resize-of-zusan-asistin.jpgToday we start with the celebration of the National Bible Week. The Northern Luzon Commission for the Biblical Apostolate joins every Archdiocese, Diocese and Apostolic Vicariates in their activities, bible week programs, gospel festivals, hearts on fire, bible parades, bible congresses, radio bible programs and other activities in consonance with the celebration.

In the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia, Msgr. Gary Somera Formoso the Archdiocesan Director for the Biblical Apostolate together with Mrs. Agnes Torres organized an Archdiocesan Bible Congress to be attended by all of the parishes of the archdiocese. The Archdiocesan Bible Congress will be convened this coming January 27, 2008 at the Divine Word College of Vigan.


Meanwhile, the Diocese of Bangued is preparing for an earlier celebration of the Diocesan Gospel Festival popularly known as the “Hearts on Fire” with Mr. Charles Javier the Diocesan Lay Biblical Coordinator on the lead. This year’s Hearts on Fire will be celebrated on January 29, 2008 at the Divine Word College of Bangued.

In the Diocese of Alaminos, the Commission for the Biblical Apostolate headed by the Biblical Director Fr. Aries Mina will conduct a symposium on the theme of the Bible Week celebration on Sunday, January 27, 2008 in the afternoon. Invited participants were included PNP (Philippine National Police) officers and government officials.

The Diocese of Ilagan spearheaded by the Commission for the Biblical Apostolate, Biblical Coordinator Mrs. Irene Ortiz will be having a parish level competition to celebrate the Bible Week on the following activities. There will be poster, collage, slogan making, essay writing, locating text, dramatic reading of the Bible, Bible song composition as well as Bible Quiz.

Participants were categorized in three levels; such as the elementary, high school and the adults.

Winners in the parish level will compete in the Diocesan Bible celebration on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at the Cathedral.

Likewise, in anticipation on the celebration of the National Bible Week 2008, the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan started its Archdiocesan celebration on the first Sunday with Bible Enthronement. On the second Sunday celebration, it is the Youth on the Bible, it is about Family Activities on the third Sunday. Simultaneously, the staff of the commission for the Biblical Apostolate will facilitate Basic Bible Seminar in two parishes within the celebration of the Bible Week. And on the National Bible Sunday, January 27, 2008, the Archdiocese will launch its First Archdiocesan Family Bible Quiz.

 Though the Diocese of San Fernando de La Union will not celebrate Bible week in the diocese level, Fr. Julius BAncifra, the Biblical Apostolate Director will organize a gathering to celebrate the bible week  spearheaded by another religious organization the PREX family in his parish, the Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Wednesday night, January 23, 2008

According to Miss Virginia Godoy, the Vicariate Biblical Apostolate Coordinator of the Apostolic Vicariate of Tabuk, a must-be-activities for the celebration of the Bible Week 2008 in their place will be a Bible Prayer and a Bible Study.

(This NBW 2008 report will be updated once the JPIBC receives the account from other Archdioces, Dioceses and Apostolic Vicariates from all over Northern Luzon. Kindly watch for the updates. )

with reports;

Zusan Asistin, JPIBC