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Clergy rediscover ‘priestly joy’in renewal course

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Organized by the Focolare's Center for the Spirituality of Communion for diocesan priests, deacons and seminarians (Scuola Epi), the course gathered fifteen priests from the dioceses of Digos, Davao, San Pablo, Laguna, Malolos, Bulacan, and from the Archdioceses of Cebu, Davao, Semarang (Indonesia), and Myanmar. (Contributed photo)

TAGAYTAY City, July 19, 2015 – A renewal course for parish priests with a program called “Priestly Joy” was held at St. Scholastica Center of Spirituality in Tagaytay City from July 6 to 15, 2015.

Organized by the Focolare’s Center for the Spirituality of Communion for diocesan priests, deacons and seminarians (Scuola Epi), the course gathered fifteen priests from the dioceses of Digos, Davao, San Pablo, Laguna, Malolos, Bulacan, and from the Archdioceses of Cebu, Davao, Semarang (Indonesia), and Myanmar.

In the spirit of “effective and affective communion”, the course allowed the participants to have a brief respite from the rigors of ministry; to be updated about the Church, theology, ecclesiology, and mission; to improve their potentials and skills through various workshops and, above all to deepen their personal relationship with Jesus.

Plenary conferences were given by Bishop Roberto Mallari of the Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija (On God’s love in priestly life); Bishop Gerardo Alminaza of the Diocese of San Carlos (Diocesan Priestly Spirituality); Bishop Jose R. Rojas Jr (Moral Issues Today); Bishop Gilbert Garcera (Pastoral Leadership); Fr. Andrew Recepcion (The Church and the 21st Century); and Dr. Crescencia Gabijan (Mission and Inculturation).

The participants were enriched not only by the program but also by the fraternity and exchange of significant experiences in their priestly life and ministry. (CBCPNews)


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