PARAÑAQUE City, August 20, 2014—Parañaque Bishop Jesse E. Mercado, who also chairs the Catholic Bishops’ Conference Episcopal Commission on Lay Apostolate (CBCP-ECLA), invites all Filipino lay faithful to a one-day theological-pastoral symposium, set on August 21, 2014, a holiday.
Dubbed “Saints and Heroes, No Less”, this “significant ecclesia event” organized by the Don Bosco Center of Studies, Mercado said, seeks to open the minds and hearts of the lay faithful to their immense responsibility of transforming the world from within by witnessing to Jesus’ love in their homes, in their work places and wherever they are sent.
“Year of the Laity” highlight
As one of the “highlights of the Year of the Laity”, the prelate shared the symposium aims to celebrate the Catholic lay life and ministry; to raise the whole Church to greater consciousness on the dignity of the laity; and to encourage the laity to courageous commitment to do mission.
According to Mercado, Fr. Francis Gustilo, SDB and the organizers have invited well-known lay speakers—leaders and well-known evangelists in their own respective circles—to instruct and challenge the Filipino laity.
“In a world that has increasingly become materialistic and secularistic in its thinking and its ways, it is enlightening to listen to them share with us their reflections and lived experiences on how one can be modern-day holy heroes today,” Mercado added.
Bro. Mike et al
These speakers, who Mercado assured will “lead us unto a renewal of our faith” are: Bernie Villegas, Bro. Bo Sanchez, Bro. Frank Padilla, Bro. Mike Velarde, EJ and Joy Aguila, and Bro. Raoul Roncal.
In a circular, the head of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL) Antipolo Bishop Gabriel V. Reyes expressed his support for the event.
“I am encouraging all the laity, especially those involved in family and life apostolate, to attend this symposium,” said he. (Raymond A. Sebastián)