MANILA, May 18, 2015 – Every Catholic is a missionary.
This is why the Episcopal Commission on Mission (ECM) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines organized the National Mission Conference (NMC) ,which starts today, May 18, ending on May 21 at the Divine Word Seminary / Divine Word Institute of Mission Studies in Tagaytay City, Philippines.
Inspired by the 500th Anniversary of the coming of Christianity to the Philippines in 2021 and the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Vatican II’s Decree on the Missionary Activity of the Church, “Ad Gentes” (AG), the event carries the theme of “Gifted to Give”, emphasizing faith as a gift that after being received should be passed on to others.
Rev. Dr. Michael Layugan, SVD, PhD, Rector of the Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay, will discuss the “History and Content of Ad Gentes.” Rev. Dr. Andrew Recepcion, SThD, president of the International Association of Catholic Missiologist, will then focus on the “Concept of Mission in Ad Gentes.”
Rev. Dr. Edgar Javier, SVD, SThD, Director of the Divine Word Institute of Mission Studies, will talk about “Mission and the Local Church according to Ad Gentes” and will be followed by Sr. Felice Imaya Calingayan, OSB, who will share her experience working with indigenous people. Bro. Roquel Ponte of Couples for Christ Global Mission Foundation will talk about the beauty of lay mission.
Lastly, Bishop Arturo Bastes, SVD, DD, Bishop of Sorsogon and Chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Mission of the CBCP, will discuss points about the “State of Mission in the Philippine Church and Challenges.”
The conference is also inspired by Matthew 10:8: “Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give”. (CBCPNews)