Lay org to host free Lenten retreat

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 PASIG City, March 26, 2014—In what is touted as yet another “soul-nourishing” event, the Christian Family Movement (CFM) is inviting the public to a free three-day Holy Week retreat on April 17 to 19.

We at CFM make it a point to conduct this kind of retreat every year as part of our mission to enrich the spiritual lives of our fellow Christians,” CFM secretary Carol Ajoc told CBCPNews in an interview.

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With the theme “The Family Journey in the Year of the Laity”, this year’s annual CFM retreat will focus on the Christian Filipino family in its indispensable role as laity, Ajoc added. The retreat is made possible with the help of CFM-Diocese of Pasig in cooperation with Radyo Veritas 846. This event will be held on April 17, 18, and 19 at the Ynares Sports Arena, Shaw Boulevard, Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

One of the sharers on the first day of the retreat, April 17, Maundy Thursday is CFM-Child and Youth Development (CFM-CYD) National Chair Couple Dexter and Jessica Veronique Yu. On April 18, Good Friday, parish priest Ramil Marcos of the Santo Tomás de Villanueva will have his turn speaking to the retreants. Marcos maintains a blog called “Our Parish Priests” where he shares online reflections on Christian life, the faith, the Church, and other topics. He teaches theology at the San Carlos Seminary in Guadalupe, Makati City and the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Bulacan. He also authored spiritual books like “Proclaim on the Housetops”, “Rejoice and Be Glad”, “I Am with You Always”, “Proclaim”, and “Sown on Rich Soil”.

“Laugh with God Today!” author Bro. Michael Angelo F. Lobrin will formally close the Holy Week retreat on April 19, Black Saturday, with a unique inspirational talk with touches of humor. He has been with Archdiocese of Manila since 2000 as youth minister, and is also a TV and radio preacher with Bro. Bo Sanchez of the Light of Jesus Community.

CFM sees itself as a “community of families called to be witnesses to Christ in the world, with a mission to be evangelized and to evangelize families and communities through various Family Life Programs”.

Founded in 1956, it is the “first and oldest family life organization with members from different parts of the country”. It is a lay religious movement and organization composed of Christian families: couples, sons and daughters, young adults, singles and solo parents. Its thrust focuses mainly on marriage and family life.

Through the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s Episcopal Commission on Family Life (ECFL) and the Episcopal Commission on the Lay Apostolate (ECLA), CFM is a pioneer in family and life programs, responding to the needs of families in various stages and situations. (Raymond A. Sebastián)


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