JARO, Iloilo, March 21, 2015 — Responding to Pope Francis’ call to the Filipino people to be missionaries of faith, the Archdiocese of Jaro is offering anew a summer formation program to provide the Church with more and well-prepared catechists.
The Jaro Archdiocesan Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education (ACCCE) has announced the opening of the 4th Summer Catechetical Institute (SCI), a four-week live-in cyclical Faith Formation Program for catechists.
According to Msgr. Ramon Pet, ACCCE Chairman, “through the Summer Catechetical Institute (SCI) the Commission continues and faithfully carries its flagship based on PCP II’s call for renewed catechesis, renewed worship, and renewed social apostolate.”
“The live-in formation program is constantly updated” he said.
“In the 4th SCI the program contents will combine the study of the Bible, Catechism of the Catholic Church, Catechism for Catholics, the New Evangelization (source: Evangelii Gaudium) and the Messages of Pope Francis during his January 2015 visit to the Philippines,” Pet elaborated.
He added that this summer 2015 marks the first graduation of the first batch of students that started in the summer program of 2012.
To facilitate the enlistment of catechists to the SCI, applicants who have financial difficulties may avail of scholarships or subsidies to help them shoulder the expenses of the program.
The 4th SCI will run from April 13 to May 16, 2015, at the St. Joseph Regional Major Seminary, Jaro, Iloilo City, with four course offerings: Phase 1 for beginners and Phases 2, 3, and 4 for those who have attended the prerequisite courses in the previous years.
Catechist, agent of evangelization
For Phase 1, Msgr. Ramon Pet will teach “Panorama of Biblical History: Old & New Testaments Made Simple” and “Liturgical Catechesis I”, while Professors Linda T. Tacorda, PhD. and Purita H. Escobia will teach the subject “The Truths of Catholic Faith”.
Phase 2 subjects include “Living the Faith – Christ our Way” and “Liturgical Catechesis: The Sacraments of Initiation” which will be taught by Fr. Ian Neil Llona and Msgr. Alejandro Esperancilla, respectively.
Phase 3 offers “Biblical Apologetics” that will be taught by Prof. Benjie Pelobello and “Catechetical Methodology” by Prof. Linda Tacorda, PhD.
Phase 4 has “Catechetical Methodology II and Hagiography” in the morning sessions, while afternoon sessions have “The New Testament “, “Christian Prayer “, “Mary and the Saints”, and “Catechesis in a Family Setting” to be taught by Prof. Linda Tacorda, PhD.
The ACCCE Chairman said the program is offered to interested and well-intentioned parishioners, who would like to take advantage of the summer period to be trained in an approach designed to address the areas of formation of “the whole person of the catechist: as a thinking, feeling, and acting agent of evangelization.” (Fr. Mickey Cardenas/CBCPNews)