Laity invited to ‘faith confab’

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MANILA, August 20, 2014—Heeding the Church’s call for more lay involvement, a secular institute “chooses to be brave,” inviting the public to the “Catechetical Conference 2014” (CatCon 2014) to be held at St. Dominic Hall, Santa Catalina College, Legarda, Manila on September 13 (Saturday).

The “Catechetical Conference 2014” (CatCon 2014), which is designed for the lay faithful, will be held at the St. Dominic Hall, Santa Catalina College, Legarda, Manila on September 13 (Saturday). (Photo: CBCP News)

“CatCon is a program which aims to equip the lay faithful with a more mature understanding of the Catholic faith and a well-balanced spirituality through lifetime formation,” shared Frater Nestor Limqueco O.P., one of the organizers of the event.

According to Limqueco there is a need for the faithful to have ongoing formation on matters like doctrine, liturgy, ecclesiology, biblical hermeneutics, catechetics, morality, and other theological disciplines.

Themed #BoomBanal, this year’s CatCon seeks to respond to a felt need for intensive and extensive formation of the lay faithful in keeping with the Year of the Laity, and the nine-year program for the fifth centenary of Christian presence in the Philippines.

Now on its fourth run, the annual conference, a pet project of the Company of Saint Dominic (CSD), is geared towards “lay empowerment” as envisioned by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) during the 1992 Second Plenary Council of the Philippines (PCP II), which stresses the “Universal Call To Holiness,” not only for the clergy and religious, but also for the laity.

“There is an urgent need for CatCon because, as what Cardinal Tagle pointed out, there are many ‘practical atheists’ in the Philippines today, and most Filipinos who consider themselves Catholic are only nominally so, or what we call KBL [Kasal, Binyag, at Libing] Catholics. We at CSD should take on this challenge of helping out our priests in evangelizing and catechizing these people,” Limqueco explained.

Quoting PCP II, Limqueco stressed that while many Catholic Filipinos are “sacramentalized,” only a handful are actually evangelized.
CSD, an institute of consecrated seculars founded by the late Fr. Pablo Fernandez O.P., has been canonically approved and specially mandated by the Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) to assist the clergy in their efforts at renewed evangelization and integral catechetical ministry.

According to Limqueco, participants of CatCon will expect to draw much spiritual enrichment from the series of enlightening talks prepared by renowned experts in the fields of moral and sacred theology, catechetics and Thomistic philosophy, apologetics and pastoral ministry.

Fr. José Antonio Aureada, Dominican priest and educator, and a respected authority on the works of St. Thomas Aquinas, will share his insights on lay spirituality and its Biblical basis.

Msgr. Gerry O. Santos will deliver a talk titled “Baptism and Confirmation: The Call to Lay Missionary”.

Lawyer Marwil N. Llasos, a consecrated lay Dominican, is set to enrich the participants’ understanding of Christian vocation and the “Universal Call to Holiness”.

CatCon tickets are priced at P150 for adults, and P50 for religious education students.

Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.

For inquiries, text or call: 0915-5179-876 (Globe); 0939-4626-733 (Smart); 0922-3888-897 (Sun). (Raymond A. Sebastián)

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