MANILA, Nov. 13, 2015— A Catholic Church official has called on Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs) to help nurture priestly vocations and in praying for priests and their work.
Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP president, underlined the role of BECs in the Church and urged support for the priesthood and a renewed impetus for vocations.
“I hope that every BEC raise for vocations, nurtures vocations, and brings those vocations to the altar for ordination,” Villegas said during the opening Mass for the 3rd BEC National Assembly in Manila yesterday.
“God will answer your prayers because you’re asking for a worthwhile gift from the Lord and there’s no better gift than that,” he said.
More than 1,100 bishops, priests, religious, and BEC lay workers are gathered at the Paco Catholic School as the Church marks the 50th anniversary of the closing of Vatican II.
“I hope that every BEC will be able to contribute a priest from your own community… from your own family to become Jesus for others,” added Villegas.
Among the speakers of the 3-day event, which is also one of the culminating activities of the Year of the Poor, include Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila and Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato.
The gathering will end with a 4:00 p.m. Mass at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City with a Mass to be presided over by Tagle with more than 200 bishops and priests concelebrating.
Papal Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto will also grace the occasion and read the message of Pope Francis to the assembly. (R. Lagarde / CBCPNews)