MANILA, June 24, 2013—Members of the Roman Catholic movement Family Rosary Crusade (FRC) gathered on Saturday for their 8th general assembly in an attempt to empower and enrich themselves for the fulfillment of their mission to bring Christ closer to Filipino families.
Nearly 500 individuals from different FRC units all over the country flocked the Pope Piux XII Catholic Center Auditorium for this gathering with the theme “Believe, Live, and Lead the Faith like Mary.”
Fr. Roque D’Costa, FRC Executive Director, said that the seminar aimed to emphasize the importance of faith and transform lay leaders to become prophetic witnesses of Christ’s mission of salvation.
“This year of faith calls for a renewed conversion to the Lord Jesus and for rediscovering our faith so that members of the church may join in the joyful witnessing of the risen Lord,” he said.
D’Costa added that the convention also emphasizes the Blessed Virgin Mary as the model of the church “who shines forth to the community as the model of virtues.”
“Like Mary, all of us have to be models of faith and virtue…All of us should experience faith and charity, and share them to those who do not believe,” he noted.
Fr. James Phalan, Family Rosary International Director, reminded FRC members of their task to encourage the habit of praying the holy Rosary in every family.
“We have to continue encouraging everyone to have the renewed enthusiasm in praying the rosary personally, in the local church, or even at home,” he said.
“By meditating the mysteries of the holy rosary, we come to know Christ personally,” Phalan added.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle delivered the keynote address, while Phalan gave a talk on the Year of Faith, New Evangelization and Family. Broadcast journalist Angelique Lazo talked about the important role played by the media in propagating faith among Catholics.
FRC members gave inspirational talks in the afternoon session. The celebration was capped with a Eucharistic celebration presided by Parañaque Bishop Jesse Mercado, chairman of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on the Laity. (Jennifer M. Orillaza)