MANILA, May 26, 2013—The Daughters of St. Paul Philippines organized the third national convention for its lay collaborators, the Association of Pauline Cooperators (APC) at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Centre Paco, Manila last May 17-21, with the theme Together We Evangelize with the Prophetic and Bold Faith of St Paul. About 115 APCs from the Philippines and Malaysia attended the four-day convention.
In his talk on Church and Laity, Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani of Novaliches underscored that the laity, like the priests and religious men and women, are also called “to strive after holiness” and to “share to all the Word of God.”
Other speakers during the convention were Fr. Rollin Flores, SSP (APC in the mind of Blessed James Alberione, Founder of the Pauline Family), Sr. Evangelina Canag, FSP (History of the APC), Sr. Timothy Villaram, FSP (APC in the Pauline Family), and Sr. Bernardita Dianzon, FSP (Collaboration in the mind of St. Paul).
Other activities during the convention included regional reports, a cultural night on May 18 at the Alberione Home Auditorium in Pasay City and a pilgrimage to Lipa City on May 20 in commemoration of the 75th foundation anniversary of the Daughters of St Paul in the Philippines on 13 Oct. 1938.
The two previous national conventions of the Pauline Cooperators were held in Antipolo City (1994) and Pasay City (2009).
Founded by Blessed James Alberione, the APC’s collaborate with members of the Pauline family in the work of evangelization, using the modern means of social communications. (Sr. Teresita de Lara, FSP)