QUEZON City, Sept. 20, 2015 – Some 60 uniformed and non-uniformed officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) recently took part in a two-day “Advance Bible Seminar” at the Saint Joseph Church inside Camp Rafael Crame, Quezon City.
Values, spiritual transformation
“This is for our police personnel so that they will be improved by what they learn from the Sacred Scriptures as Catholics Christians,” shared Fr. Jason D. Ortizo, PNP Base Chaplain in an interview.
The priest, an active personnel with the rank of PSupt, added that the activity was in line with the PNP Chaplain Service’s mission of transforming the country’s police force from within by instilling in its members sound moral and spiritual values in order to realize the PNP P.A.T.R.O.L. PLAN 2030.
Held from Sept. 15 to 16, the talk series was facilitated by resource speaker Br. Mon Arguelles who discussed the Synoptic Gospels and how to do Lectio Divina.
Moreover, Ortizo expressed joy that the Bible study has been well-attended since its launch in 2013.
“They were very participative. Others were perhaps having a hard time at first, but they soon were able to make themselves comfortable given atmosphere and the topics,” he said.
According him to, the quarterly formation is anchored on what is called “New Evangelization” in its use of new ways of bringing the Good News to others, especially the “unchurched.”
“That is why we have this kind of programs, like this Bible seminar. This also aims to dispel the stereotype that Catholics are ignorant of the Bible. We hope that through this, our men and women in the PNP will encounter Jesus more deeply,” Ortizo explained. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)