The site, apacweb.org, was launched in Manila during a meeting of the Asia-Pacific Augustinian Conference (APAC) held at the La Consolacion College auditorium last Saturday, March 9.
The website is a decision undertaken by the APAC Executive Council and its Commission on Communication for a more effective means of sharing information among its member congregations.
Fr. Michael Endicott, OSA has worked tirelessly as its web editor. Bro. Blair Nuyda, AA will serve as webmaster along with Fray Genesis Labanan, OSA.
The launching coincided the special gathering convened by the APAC to celebrate the Year of Faith with the theme “Vatican II Today in Asia Pacific for the Augustinian Family.”
In his keynote address, APAC President Fr. Bernard Holzer, AA, gave the basic orientation on the spirit of the Vatican II.
Coming from a generation who had experienced the transition to the new dynamism brought about by the Council, his insights and personal memories shed interesting moments.
He said that the APAC is the fruit of the council: a venue for sharing and dialogue, revisiting common roots, having a joyful encounter with Christ, being in solidarity with the people especially the poor, and for celebrating the faith in our own languages and culture.
The participants were divided into smaller groups for the concurrent sessions on the following topics with its competent resource persons: Religious Life (Fr. Bong Deliarte, OSA), Justice and Peace (Fr. Chuvi Adubangho, AA), Augustinian Roots (Fr. Peter Casino, OSA), Liturgy (Fr. Gilles Blouin, AA), Dialogue with Religions and Cultures (Sr. Ma. Luz Mijares, OSA), and Laity (Sr. Niceta Vargas, OSA).
The Oblate Sisters of the Assumption also joined in the gathering for the first time as a step to become an official member of the APAC. (Genesis P. Labana, OSA)